Talking sticks are used in ceremony or circle; used by one individual then passed to the next member of the group. They are about 18 - 24 inches long, the wood has a 1.5-3 inch diameter, many have leather hand holds in order to protect the energy of the individual. Clusters of quartz crystals identify the more powerful end and are selected specially. Specific stones are placed to enhance the power of the Sacred Talking Stems.