I made myself a new monopod this summer. I harvested a nice piece of maple early in the spring and let it dry in the heat of our garage (the sun really heats it up - no insulation). I cut the pole to length allowing for the height of a small Cullman ballhead that I already owned. I carved a face into the front - my first attempt at carving. Then I drilled into the top and inserted a 1/4 20 bolt and glued it inplace with epoxy. I cut the head off of the bolt and filed the edges. I cut a circular piece of rubber, put a hole in the center and glued it down around the bolt to hold the base of the ballhead steady. I stained the face and used exterior poly on the whole staff. I drilled a hole for a leather card near the handgrip. The result: It's actually taller than this, but you get the idea. It makes a great walking stick and a fun monopod.