OK, I finished it. And, because of an overwhelming number of requests from the peanut gallery (one ) I am posting pictures.
I may be doing some wilderness hiking in the coming months and decided I wanted my own, self-made hiking staff. The wood is Osage Orange with a walnut topper. I used couplers and a tip kit from Craft Supply (Woodturners Catalog). Added some burn lines for accent. I hadn't planned on making this a convertible from cane to staff and now wish I had. By just reversing the way one of the couplers is inserted into the section, I could have joined the bottom section to the top one and had a walking cane also. No need currently, but one never knows. The rubber tip on the end unscrews to reveal a one inch hardened spike for different ground conditions. Also, that spike could serve as a (minimal) defensive weapon. Fun project.