My son is going to play a wizard in a high school play in January. He wants a staff to use as a prop. We are going to make a staff based on an Instructable for Gandalf's staff.
I went to Michaels and bought two three foot (3') long, one inch (1") diameter dowels. I would have liked to get longer dowels but they did not have any.
I was at the Milwaukee Makerspace yesternight and spent a bit of time connecting the two dowel pieces together. First, I used the metal cutting bandsaw to cut the head off of a 5/8", six inch long bolt. Then, I used a hand drill to drill a hole on the end of each of the dowels. I inserted half of the bolt into one of the dowels. Then, I put Gorilla Glue on the other half of the bolt and on the surface of the dowel. I connected the two pieces and secured them with electrical tape.
The finished staff appears sturdy. The next step is to cut a bit off of each end to get the height right and then decorate it to look like a tree branch.
(Not sure who that geek in the picture is but the staff looks good.)