The carved stick is 25" long (the top half of the stick) and was completed using the wrapping gadget.
There is a threaded connector and brass ring in the center, just like pool-ques.
Here is more detail on how it's done.viewtopic.php?f=29&t=18393&p=129654&hilit=walking+sticks#p129654
Another antenna method that works if your ground is conductive is to use a metal water line for the ground. Don't use both together, it won't work and could cause static discharge.