Antique ski poles, Alpenstocks or “push sticks” were originally made of hickory and oak. In the 1930s, bamboo a lighter, yet still strong wood became the preferred material. For us, the best vintage ski poles have a classic ski style “look”. We hunt for ski poles with vintage leather grips, solid shafts and complete rattan baskets. For decorating cabins, mountain lodges and lakeside retreats, wooden bamboo and hickory shafts are the most desirable.