Ash has always been the preferred wood for handles, hafts and poles. Alas, I had a piece of beech in appropriate length and shape lying around in my workshop, so I gave it a try.
I used tools from an engraving set that I had picked up at an arts supplier many years ago. I first scratched and then carved the decoration. Finally, I emphasized the contour lines with a mix of oil and pulverized charcoal from our fireplace.