I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Cornwall. More about that later.
A maiden tree is one that has grown from a fallen seed, rather than one cultivated, and they are considered to have more power. It took some time to select a sapling, especially one with branches in the right place for the fork of the stick. I held the tree and closed by eyes, asking in my thoughts if I could take part of it for my staff. I said a few words too, asking permission, blessing and inviting the tree to impart power and work alongside me in the form of a staff. Then I made my first cut with an upward motion. Once I had the stick I gave thanks and planted an offering of money and a beautiful crystal pebble found on a beach. I returned to the fallen tree, trimmed off the small side branches and stripped the bark. It was still green and the white wood beneath looked like bone.