How to Make Native American Walking Sticks


Making a walking stick is enjoyable and rewarding. The stick offers support during hikes and is decorative while not in use.

Things You'll Need

  • Chest-high straight stick or branch
  • Saw
  • Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Rags
  • Drill and bit
  • Leather cord or strap
  • Wood stain
  • Bucket or other container
  • Find a chest-high straight branch 1.5 to 1.75 inches in diameter. Pine branches are a good choice. Saw off the uneven top off the stick to make it flat.

  • Strip the bark off the entire stick or just the handle area with a knife.

  • Sand the stick until it is smooth, occasionally using a wet rag to remove dust.

  • Drill a hole through the stick, two inches below the top, to loop the leather strap through.

  • Pour wood stain into a bucket or container. Use a rag or brush to apply the wood stain to the entire stick, then prop the stick up and let the stain dry for a couple of hours.

  • Loop the leather cord or strap through the hole at the top and tie it to form a loop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decorate your stick by gluing beads or leather to it. Carve designs into the handle.

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