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
- 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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