At one point a tree of the desired height was cut down and the branches were removed and the pole was shaped with an axe. When the pole was completed someone climbed the pole and tied a flag to the top.
Who uses a wood flag pole now? Most wood poles go to restore sites that are being restored by heritage associations.
Some people who have colonial style homes want to continue the theme with a wood flag pole.
You often find a wood pole in schools, courtrooms, churches and some governmental offices. Many people who want to stick with natural products often choose these flag poles.
Western wood pole, manufacturers use clear vertical Douglas Fir. The major eastern wood pole maker uses Southern Yellow Pine and Northern Red Oak.