Ultimate Walking Stick Making Guides

“Discover How Without Experience to Easily Make Unique

Walking Sticks with Your Own Two Hands”

(Join this fantastic hobby or turn a hobby into extra cash!)

From the backyard of Mike Klein:

Hiking and walking are activities we choose to get out and discover nature at its best. You and your buddies hike unique places other people just think about. Making hiking sticks from collected work create memories of trails discover and time spent with friends.

It’s a fantastic hobby but it can cause a problem. Last year my wife complained. She said I need to make some room. My hobby grow from making sticks to almost a production line for gifts to friends and family members. It was just taking too much room in our house. No I do not have a fancy work room with expensive tools and gadgets.

Anyhow before I tell you what happened: why do people settle for store bought lifeless metal or wood walking stick or staff?

Why not take your love for hiking and walking home with you? Create walking Sticks that will give you years of memories of your favorite places you visited. Plus, get bragging rights – I made it myself.

Have you ever picked up a piece of wood on your hike and use it during the hike. What did you do with it after the hike? Did you think about taking it home instead of trashing it?

Walking stick and hiking staff making is not rocket science. You do not need fancy expensive tools or great artistic abilities. All you need is the desire to bring a part of your hike, vacation or walk back home with you – the wood you collected.

Taking pictures on trips is great but making a lasting memory of your trip with your own two hands is awesome.

What would you rather do? . . .

Buy a stick that says I’m just one of the crowd or

Create a Truly Unique Hiking Stick and get Bragging Rights I Made It Myself?

  • Take home a lifetime memory
  • Get bragging rights
  • Create something that will give you years of good use
  • Make it a family hobby – make a stick with your children and grand children
  • You do not need fancy equipment or workshop.

And do not forget this . . .

You do not need any previous wood working experience what-so-ever!

That’s why you’ll be very excited to get the incredible information on “How to Make A Truly Unique Wood Hiking Stick or Walking Staff” I’m about to share with you.

MY Wife Said I Had to Make Room . . . .

. . . . So People Gladly Paid Me $37 to $95 for Wooden Walking Sticks They Can Make Easily Themselves.

I kept getting asked by my many relatives and friends to make them hiking sticks and staffs. They were very choosy in the ones they want (size, color, finishes, carvings, etc.) so I have a bunch left over.

That’s when my wife said to make room. Forget about the room full with her Barbie Doll collection, tones of holiday ornaments, knitting projects, and other things she collects. I had to make room so I did.

This is a hobby for me. So I thought maybe at local flea market I can sell a few to make room. I sold 17 of my sticks in 3 hours and made $457. These were not my better sticks. These were some of the ones relatives did not want.

But not only that . . .

The first one sold for $37.00 and then a stone inlaid walking staffs sold for $97. The walking stick one only took two hours to make with the total cost of $3.17 The stone was found in a stream – cost zero. The stain, sand paper and rope for the handle cost $3.17. Profit of $93.83!

Plus, I found the tree root from my neighbor Ficus tree trimmings (here in Miami Ficus trees grow fast and their aerial roots make interesting shapes!). Here were the results of the flea market:

  • 7 of the sticks I sold that day were straight bamboo staffs of different sizes with a weaved rope handle sold for $29 each. I wood burned some images of birds on the bamboo.
  • 3 were ones with wood burned images of animals on birch sticks which sold for $35 to $43 each
  • 2 of them were Ficus walking sticks with inlaid stones sold for $85 & $97. One of the buyers says he plans to use it as a wizard staff in a school play.
  • 2 hiking sticks made of strong aged cedar (wood collected from a Tennessee trip) with inlay-ed copper metal strips on the top sold for $53 each.
  • 3 were carved sticks with a wind spirit that sold within the first 1 hour for $49 each. These were ones I made when I just learn to carve.

I’m proud of my accomplishments — but I’m not telling you all of this to brag.

I am a living proof that the average person, who began with no wood working skills or knowledge, can make their own unique walking stick and people paid me to do it.

I’m telling you this because one of the hardest things you can do is to put your faith in someone who has good intentions, claims to have experience and abilities to tell you how to do something…

… but you do not know the person.

“Here’s See for Yourself Some of the First Walking and Hiking Sticks Made by Beginners”

If you are like me, who had no experience at all, then here’s proof that you absolutely can make unique wood hiking sticks and walking staffs with a little help. I messed up many sticks in the beginning but over time, through trial and error, I made hand made some great unique walking and sticks.

Where ever I hike, people want to know where I got my sticks. I told them, “I just collected sticks and roots that appealed to me and start to work them in the evenings when I got home”.

Here’s some of the results…

“Now I look forward to work the sticks I collected in the woods”

The techniques from Mike enables me to make great hiking sticks. I even learned different staining techniques to create stain patterns. Now, I look forward to work with the sticks I collected in the woods. Thank you!”

Rick Escauriza, Miami Florida

P.S. “Mike I just finished carving a wood spirit just like the one in the guides. I did a practice one as described and then produced this one. Now I just need to stain it and create highlights to give contrast using a technique Mike Showed me”

“All I used as a tool was my pocket knife, sand paper and the fantastic direction with images in the guides. This is the first one I ever did! Thank you again.

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After looking at some of the sticks Mike created I decided to try it myself. I met Mike while he was hiking outside Estes Park (about 2 hours from Denver). I collected a couple of the correct type of saplings while I was hiking. Then I used techniques from Mike guides that told me how to turn the saplings into sticks that reflect me. I made 7 stick so far and each one is better than the first. The first walking stick was a free hand wood burning water scene with ducks. Then I did a tree design from a template I create using Mike’s guides. I’m not an artist but I can do this!

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Also, I used Mike’s instructions to weave a hand grip which adds a finish touch to the walking sticks. I used parachute cord instead of leather because leather tends get wet and cracks as Mike suggested. The weaved handles are easy to make. They are stronger and last much longer. Now I make 100% of all the parts of my walking sticks. Thank you Mike!

I’m going to start the carving section next to learn how to carve an eagle and wood spirit!

Brian Roberts, Denver Colorado

Two years ago my friend Rick was admiring a unique walking stick in a store after we hiked in Montana. It wasn’t anything fancy. The hiking stick had a weaved rope cord hand around hickory stick with an inlay-ed copper meal band. It was priced at $129.99 which was out of his range.

The next day we met over hot chocolate (he had coffee). He mentioned that he wanted an unusual hiking stick like the one I used on our hike. He told me about the stick he saw in the store. Before he could ask I realized he was setting me up for something

He wanted me to make the stick for him or show him how. I told him to find a sapling, branch or root in the woods with a shape he liked. He finished his coffee and took off. Rick went out to the woods and found a couple great limbs to use for hiking sticks.

When he arrived back in Miami, he started to work with some instructions from me. And after a few hours with his new hobby he had a great walking staff with a copper band inlay. Since then he has made several more, one from each of his recent hiking trips. Plus, his son now makes Wizard staffs for his friends (he sells them for $47 each)!

Suddenly it hit me if there was a demand out there, I could make clear step by step instruction manual on How to make unusual hiking sticks and walking staffs! And if they hike, walk or backpack, then they be proud to hand make their own wood hiking stick!

When I first started making walking sticks, I bought tree and wood identification books, wood working and hiking stick making books, studied a bunch of expert how-to guides on carving, and read just about every on the internet.

It took many weeks and months of trial and error when I first started. All I know was that I wanted a unique and useful hiking stick that I can say, “I made it myself and it’s as good as anything you can buy”.

I spent $387 dollars on books, magazines subscriptions, tools, and other things I thought I need. I spent days researching and trying different methods of how to make creative walking sticks.

What a waste! The people showing “how to” are veterans with many, many, many years of experience and they have all the expensive that make it easy. Plus, the books and magazines only took me through one part of the stick. I just wanted a simple step by step instructions how to make a fantastic looking hiking stick without the hassles.

I wanted an low cost A to Z guide on how to make sticks from the collecting, handling making, carving, bottom metal tip making to wood finishing.

The result was the A to Z Guide to Easily Hand Make Unique Walking Stick Making.

Now friends use the guide that details in simple steps, from A to Z, how to make great looking walking sticks with wood they collected.

If you are thinking, “but I’m all thumbs with tools!” Rick, Brian and I use to feel the same way. If you can tie a knot, carve a simple pumpkin or paint a fence you have the skills already.

And you’ll LOVE the pride of your own handy work making your unique sticks when your walking or hiking buddies say, “How did you make it? – It looks great.” I promise you that!

“With a bit of help, absolutely anyone can make a unique hiking stick or walking staff, a true piece of art…

… with virtually NO previous wood working experience”

I wish that during my many months of figuring out the techniques, tools, and methods, I had known these tips and tricks you’re about to learn today.

Instead, I spend many months and hours with costly “trial and error” methods. I reviewed many wood working books, spent countless hours on the internet reading “How to Make a Hiking stick” that were little more than Boy scout drill hole for rope and paint to finish the stick. Plus the wasted time in libraries to find a useful beginner guide that turned out to be very discouraging.

And get bragging rights, “I made it with my own two hands”

But YOU don’t have spent the many hours of research and make costly errors that ruin great looking limbs, roots and saplings that you collect — I’ve done the groundwork for you!

What you’ll get is a step-by-step guide to make sure you enjoy making, with your own hands, a true quality wooden stick that will give you a great memories of your favorite forest, desert, and park or mountain hiking area.

Plus, you will get dozens of helpful “How to” tips for all types of hiking sticks from unique shaped roots, metal and stone inlay-ed walking staffs to a carved critter or wood spirit hiking sticks!

Am I saying that if you follow these guides I’m about to share with you, that all of your will be an expert wood worker, inlay artist or wood carver overnight?

No, of course not.

There is NO magic pill for becoming an expert overnight. And there will never be.

But what I am saying is that it is pretty normal that within only a short time (few hours) after you start using these step by step guides, you will create sticks that reflects your love of the outdoors. And a while later, true pieces of art with inlay-ed metal, stones and even carved wood. Take your time because you have full 100% risk free 6 months to try the guides. Get the guides now!

And after a couple of months…

Well, it’s up to you. After a few months, you might grow to love this hobby so much that you may need to sell some at the Flea market or on-line to make room for more.

People keep asking me to make sticks for them. I only have so much time to make sticks for friends, relatives and neighbors. So I’ve decide to make these guides available to you, in a special eBook that you can download in the next few minutes. . .

And the best thing about them is…

  • You don’t need to be a wood working expert
  • You don’t need to know anything about curing, types or collecting wood
  • You don’t need to know how or what tools to use
  • You do not need to spend countless hours doing boring research
  • It’s not pricey
  • It’s not some scheme to get you to buy a bunch of accessories, tools or extra stuff
  • It’s complete and doesn’t require a lot of money to get started
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And better still, one of the most important reasons people are in love with this approach is these guides prevent the destruction of your favorite wood stock that you just collected on your last hike by making mistakes.

Discover How Easy it is, For Yourself, How to Hand Make a Hiking Stick and Even How to Carve a Hiking Staff

Once you download your copy of my exclusive Guides, which I’ve called “How To Make Unique Wood Walking and Hiking Sticks yourself” you’ll discover EXACTLY what you need to do to get started making, burning, and carving your handmade hiking staff right away!

Here is what you will get:

Simple Step-By-Step easy to understand instructions and images that starts you out right. It explains different stick designs and takes you from collecting the wood, to peeling the bark and on to the finishing steps.

Staining Techniques and Choices. Staining is not just rubbing on color. There are methods to creating unusual patterns and shades. Plus, tricks to bring out the beauty in the wood.

Wood Burning Image Guide for Stick Makers with over 47 patterns. Create trees, forest, birds and other images quickly and easily. It’s simple to wood burn fantastic characters and animals if you know the ticks.

Plus, how to make hundreds of your own patterns for Free. This is a great method of making an ordinary stick to a truly one of a kind conversation piece. Learn how to put animals, faces, trees and other images on to the stick with ease!

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Fancy Rope Walking Staffs and Sticks. Rope is not just for climbing. Use it to create sticks with style that can save you on a hiking trip. Learn how to create patterns (weaves) quickly for the perfect non-slip hand holds and straps.

Wood finishing and Preservation. How many coats? What to use and how to apply it. This is a greatly overlook area that can make or break your stick. How to prep the wood and how to get rid of wood boring bugs!

Step By Step to silver, copper and even magnet metal Inlay. Did you know people wear copper bracelets and magnet pendants for health reasons? This is great area to explore if you are thinking about making money with this hobby. Have you seen anybody offering healing hiking sticks or walking staffs? I haven’t. Or inlay silver to create a true master piece. The options are endless.

Stone Inlay. This guide covers gems and stones suggestions. Which one are best base on hardness and even what to look for when you are self-collecting. Plus, it covers which cut stones work best, which ones to avoid at all costs and where to get quality ones at a low price.

Work Place Safely is a must. Get great safety tips on how to properly work to reduce injury. How to hold the wood and even quick clean up tips. Things happen while driving, hiking, swimming and even walking. The better prepared you are; the more you will enjoy your work.

Carving for Beginners. Look you will not become a master carver overnight. However, you can make some great carvings if you know the basic steps and tricks. Even make a wood spirit. Who knows you may enjoy carving so much you might become an expert yourself!

After Stick Making Projects: Put all the skills you learn for other wood working projects with the left over limbs and branches. Great gifts, decorative walking stick holder and more.

Plus many more tips, suggestions and tricks to make it a great experience.

Each of the Guides will show you in detail what you need to do, various options and additional ideas to take a basic hiking stick to the next level with steps for you to follow.

But that’s not all…

… Because not only will you discover how to collect, stain, sand, carve, wood burn, inlay, hands and rope work to hand make walking sticks and gain a great hobby, you’ll also learn how to…

  1. Measure the Correct Height – Critical for Proper Usage.Many people just pick up a piece of wood and do not think about possible back aches and other issues. One of my favorite walking sticks turned into my wife’s because I did not measure the right height. Her gain my lost. Do you want to make the same mistake?

This is a critical step. Improper height can cause shoulder, arm and hinder your hike instead of helping it. The correct height and hand position will prevent aches and pains and make our hikes last longer. Get this critical information in the guides.

  1. Prevent wood rot and breakage.Just when you started to enjoy using your own hand made wood stick it cracked or split. Learn how to prevent this problem. How to get rid of wood worms and other pests too!

If you do not properly cure and preserve your stick then expect the worse. Wood is a natural material that needs protections to provide many years of useful service. Learn the steps to protect your hand made projects.

  1. Get “I Did it” bragging rights.Has a friend ever commented about something you built, created or fixed. Just think about walking around your area or hiking with your friends receiving great comments about your great workmanship.

This is a great hobby for people with all thumbs. The guide takes you step by step through the process so anybody who can handle simple tools (knife, sanding, paper, etc.) can do it and it 100% guaranteed!

  1. Become an expert yourself.Nothings say you need to stay with the basics. You will be given many ideas to improve and create fantastic walking staffs and sticks. Earn money with your hobby.

You can make money with this hobby. People love walking sticks. They are great for art shows, church fairs, internet and even on consignment. If you live near a national park even better! Plus, they are very very low cost and fun to make to make.

You can even teach classes for scout troops, campers and friends too!

  1. Identify the best wood.Nothing is more frustrating than working with wood that is either too brittle, heavy or just does not work well. Knowing what wood to use will prevent frustrations and add enjoyment to hobby.

Now what types of wood to self-collect. Which ones are best and provide great grain variations. Get suggestions of what wood is best for beginners and favorite wood for carving.

  1. Avoid costly mistakes.Prevent mistakes that turns great shaped and unusual wood you collected into scraps of trash. Have you ever jump into a project only to find later that you either have to start all over or trash the project because of a skipped step?

Avoid walking stick wrecking errors. You spend time collecting your wood so you have a lasting memory of your trip. No make sure to avoid costly mistakes. The guides include over 87 mistakes making avoidance tips.

  1. Waste not ant not.What do you do with those short pieces of left over wood you collect? Get instruction on how to turn short sticks into useful wood work and even everyday useful items made by you.

Why stop at walking sticks and staffs? Apply the skills you learned and ideas to other projects.

And you’ll get over 87 wood working hot tips in the guides!

“I’ll be Blunt: I Want to Help You with This Great Hobby”

Here’s something else you should know about me…

I’m interested in working with people who are committed to making quality wood hiking sticks, walking staffs and cane walking staffs.

Now, initially I was going to offer this for $137 due to the with live phone support i wanted to offer. However, I realized that I could not keep up with the phone calls.

Here is what I’m going to do: You’ll get all the guides for only $37 and offer free support via email or my blog (as simple to use as email) as a special limited time bonus. But you must act now!

When you thing about it, it’ll cost you less than night out, a pair of hiking boots or walking shoes. Plus, you will bypass tons of research and avoid costly mistakes. How much time you will save making hiking sticks that you will make by yourself, for yourself?

Give them as gifts to your hiking buddies or spouse. Enjoy bringing a part of your hiking trip home!

And that’s why I’ve decided to put a very reasonable price of just $47 on these guides. I think that’s a fair trade. Hours of research, trial and error. Mistakes made and sticks broken before you. This is a hobby that will give your years of enjoyment. Why not start without the problems and hassles?

‘”Special Bonuses if You Act Now”

Wait! Before you start you need to know when to start and what to use.

It’s important to select the right type of stick, sapling or limb to use. Not all wood is up to the task in strength or durability. Some wood just does not work well. Get this free bonus “Hiking Stick Woods: How to Prevent Problems Before You Start Your Own Project”.

->Bonus #1: Discover these important details before you get frustrated with your projects. Nothing is worse than collecting or starting with wood that just will not work well. Learn how to prevent major wood working headache of bad wood! Save countless hours of frustration.

Wait there is more bonus. . .

“How to Stop Walking Sticks Ruining Wood Cracking”

Can you imagine creating a unique walking stick just to see it crack in half? You can prevent this. It’ important to properly cure wood and learn other wood saving tricks of the pros. This is a great hobby and knowing tips and tricks will make the difference between giving up in frustration and creating unique walking sticks and hiking staffs.

You just spend your time collecting the stick on your vacation to make a lasting memory. You created a unique walking stick with your own two hands?

What is it worth to you to prevent a crack destroying stick or hours of headaches working the wrong type of wood? $67? $89? This alone will save countless hours of headaches and ruined projects. You get this Bonus NOW and you get to keep it no matter what!

Stop Throwing Away Your Left Over Wood”

Bonus #2: Wood After Hiking Stick Making Projects. Fantastic step by step projects for left over limbs and wood to accompany your stick making projects. Why stop at stick making? Why throw away perfectly good wood?

Get this bonus now and receive hours of more wood working activities and you can do the projects you on trips at absolutely now cost to you! Yours to keep even if you return the “How to Make Unique Walking and Hiking Stick” guides.

And I’m Not Done Yet!

Just added to this bonus . . .

Get a super walking stick wood carving extra project.

This project adds another dimension to your walking stick making skills. This is a carving project brings all the walking stick making techniques together and it is yours FREE even if you do not keep the walking stick making guides!

The bonus project walks you through carving a fish swimming up rock bed steam while the water is lapping above. And there is more. It even talks and shows you how to add paint to enhance your project.

“How to get the Help You Need When You Need it!”

Limited Time Person to Person Bonus #3: This is invaluable support for as long as you need it. Just ask a question and get a quick response. If you need help – get it!

Plus, this bonus includes free guide updates, more projects, tips, templates and tricks over the coming months.

Have you ever started a project and spent hours doing something just to discover that you need help? This is true One on One personal help just for you. If you are stuck ask for help. Whether it’s concerns the wood, carving, rope work, staining, or whatever. Just ask and you will get a prompt response!

Bonus #3 is a very limited bonus. I will only be offering this bonus for a short period. I’m only one person and I want to personally help you with your project. I can only answer so many questions a day before I have to say no more to new people. Once I feel I cannot answer the questions in a timely manner I will remove this bonus offer for new people.

If you want true person to person help then you need to act now!

Over $97 in Extra Bonuses Not Including Person to Person Unlimited help only being offered for a short time.

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“You literally have NOTHING to lose when you try this Guide!”

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Try your hand at Making Your Own Hand Crafted Wood Walking Stick or Hiking Staff. Take a full six months.

You be the judge.

If you are not thrilled with the guides, just let me know for a prompt and courteous refund. I’ll even let you keep bonuses as my thanks for giving my guides a try.

It’s that simple. Full 6 Month 100% Risk Free Guarantee.

“Get started now making your own hand crafted quality Hiking and walking sticks in the next five minutes…”

To order “How to Easily Hand Make a Hiking Stick or Staff Yourself” for only $37 and received the bonuses for free! You’ve literally got NOTHING to lose with the 100% guarantee for 3 full months!

So snag your copy right now. I personally guarantee you that are going to be happy with your bring home memories from your hikes, backpacking and other adventures. That’s a 6 month guarantee! Plus get all those great bonuses even if you decide you do not want the guides. But you need at act now!

Hiking With A Walking Stick ~ Read This Before Moving On!

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Hiking sticks can increase balance and stability. By having four points of contact on the ground, you will have better balance and stability. Best uses for hiking sticks include uneven terrain, steep ascents or descents, water crossings and treks over loose rock. Hike poles are a great addition to your hiking kit. They are lightweight and easy to carry, making them ideal for long hikes.

Hiking poles come in a wide variety of lengths and weights, so you can find the right one for your needs. Most hiking poles can be used for both hiking and backpacking, but some are better suited for one activity than the other. For example, a pole with a longer handle will be easier to hold and use while hiking, while a shorter pole will make it easier for you to use as a backpacker.

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Why do some hikers use walking sticks?

Trekking poles can protect knees, especially when walking down steep hills. You can improve your power and endurance by walking uphill. Balance on trails that are not straight. It is possible to make walkers more comfortable by making them more upright as they walk. Climbing poles are a great way to improve your balance, strength, and flexibility. They can be used for climbing, hiking, or just about anything else you can think of.

Climbers can use climbing poles to: Improve their balance and strength when climbing. Increase their strength and power when they’re on the ground. Reduce the risk of injury while climbing or hiking. Make it easier for them to get up and down from a standing position. Keep them from falling off a cliff or into a crevasse.

Is it good to walk with a walking stick?

Canes are valuable assistive devices that can help you walk safely when you’re dealing with concerns such as pain, injury, or weakness. You can use a cane while you’re recovering from surgery or a stroke. Walking can be made easier, safer, and more enjoyable by using canes.

Do walking sticks help knees?

Trekking poles reduce the amount of pressure on the knees. Nordic walking maintain that the poles help with walking even if you don’t use them.

“I think it’s a good idea for people to be able to walk on their own,” said Dr. Michael J. O’Brien, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied the benefits of walking poles. “If you can walk without a pole, that’s great.

What is the difference between a walking stick and a trekking stick?

Nordic walking poles work better on hills and coastal paths. Poles are made of high-quality materials and are designed to last for years of use. They are available in a wide range of colors and styles, and come with a lifetime warranty.

Are hiking sticks worth it?

Trekking poles are worth the extra weight. Trekking poles can help decrease the forces placed on the body. It’s good news for people who have previously injured their hips or knees, and it’s also good news for people who hike frequently in the mountains.

Should you use one or two walking sticks?

Their tips are usually hardened steel, with the ability to set into rock and soil to provide traction. Hikers often ask how two trekking poles are better than one walking stick. The simplest answer to this question is that poles give symmetrical support that one can’t get with a stick, while walking sticks give asymmetric support.

Poles are also more durable than sticks, and can be used for long periods of time without breaking down. They also tend to be lighter, which makes them easier to carry and carry less weight. In addition, they are less likely to break down in the field, making them a good choice for backpacking trips.

How tall should a walking stick be for hiking?

On flat terrain, hiking staffs are the most effective. The stick should be 6 – 8 inches higher than your elbow if you stand with your arms at your side. A longer stick is better than a shorter one for walking on steep terrain.

How much do hiking sticks help?

Poles help reduce the impact on your legs, knees, and feet when going downhill. According to a 1999 study, trekking poles can reduce the force on knees by as much as 50 percent.

The best way to use a pole is to place it on a flat surface, such as a sidewalk or a curb, then place your foot on top of the pole. You can also use it to support your weight when you’re standing on the ground.

If you don’t have a sturdy pole, you can use your hands to hold it in place.

How do you balance with a walking stick?

Don’t lean too far to one side or forward to the other side. If you put weight on the walking stick, try to keep your centre of balance close to the body.. When you reach the top of the hill, you should be able to swing your stick in the direction you want to go.

If you can’t do this, it’s probably because you’re not strong enough to do it, or because your legs are too weak to support the weight of your body when you are walking. This will help you to get the most out of each step.

Will a walking stick help with lower back pain?

Canes are for Everyone If you have pain in your back, a cane is a perfect way to help heal and regain your mobility. Extra weight and pressure on certain areas of the spine and joint can be eliminated with the use of a cane.

You can also use a walking cane as an alternative to a wheelchair or scooter for those who are unable to walk on their own. A walker can be used for a variety of reasons.

Some people use walking canes as a form of exercise, while others use them to get around the house or to take the kids to and from school. The most important thing to remember is that you need to be able to use the cane for at least 30 minutes a day.

This will help you get used to walking on your own, and it will also give you the confidence to start walking again.

How to Make a Walking Stick: a Complete Step-by-Step DIY Guide

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So, there I was, too stubborn to admit that I was in pain. Not forty steps from where I had tripped on an unseen root, I could feel my ankle starting to swell. I knelt down to tighten my laces while my companion made hushed clucking noises under her breath. I was twenty-one and previously unbreakable. I stumbled forward, gingerly placing my left foot on the ground and gritting my teeth. Limping more with each step.

Finally, I gave in and sat down on a rock. We had two hours of daylight left and three miles (3.2 km) to the car. That was the day I learned how to make a walking stick.

It wasn’t pretty. It was too big for my hand to hold comfortably, and it spewed sap on anyone and anything it came near. After thirty minutes, my palm was raw from the rough bark. In reality, it was just an old limb off a blown down fir I had hacked to a reasonable length with a pocket knife. But it worked. Barely.

With each step, I noticed a new deficiency and an improvement I could make. I took a lot of mental notes. And I made a promise. If I got back home, I was going to make a proper walking stick. Not just any stick, I was going to craft the finest staff the world had ever seen.

And that’s how my love affair with walking sticks began. Over the years, I have made quite a few. They gradually became better, more functional, more aesthetically pleasing. I don’t think I have produced the world’s best yet. I am not a great woodcarver. But if you follow this guide, this step-by-step tutorial on making a walking stick, you will end up with something you can keep forever and be proud of out on the trail.

Cane, Stick, or Staff?

The first thing you need to decide is what kind of stick you are making. Will it be short like a cane? Long like Gandalf’s staff? Maybe something in between? It is up to you. But decide now, before you begin. You can always make a stick shorter, but longer is pretty tough.

Close your eyes and form a mental picture of what you want to create. Be detailed. Think about the color of the wood, the ornate carving of the head, and whether you want a grip or a sling. The clearer you envision the finished product now before you start, the better it will be. Got it? Good.

For tips on how to use walking poles, check out our earlier article to find out more.

Hardwoods are Best

You can make a walking stick out of just about anything, but I recommend wood. Why? Because it is beautiful, durable, and appropriate for hiking. It is also affordable. Even free, if you can find what you are looking for in the forest. I have used many different species of wood, and I have learned one thing. Hardwoods are better than softwoods. Hardwoods (oak, maple, and walnut, to name a few) are denser than softwoods (pine and spruce).

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This density makes hardwoods more durable and better suited for this purpose. Also, softwoods become gummy when you work with them, are harder to sand, and don’t take finishes as well. For these reasons, stick with hardwoods if possible.

Size Matters

Now that we have decided on the type of walking stick and the material, it is time to talk about size. A walking stick should be about 2 inches (5 cm) thick at the top and only slightly smaller at the bottom. This diameter gives you control of the stick without tiring your hand. The length is up to you, but I prefer a stick that comes up to my shoulder or slightly below. For me, this is about 60 inches (152 cm).

This gives me plenty of leverage when walking downhill without being too long and clumsy. This length is only my personal preference. Standard heights range from the armpit to the top of the head. If you have a different length in mind, go for it. The key is your comfort. Make sure you also have the best walking boots with excellent traction – read our article for reference.

Finding Wood

There are two schools of thought on sourcing wood. The first method is to find a downed branch. The wood is already dry, and you will be able to work with it right away. Be careful to ensure the wood is sound, with no evidence of rot or insect damage.

The other route is to use a fresh-cut limb or sapling. I am not advocating you go out into the forest and cut your own. If you don’t own a hardwood tree, there are several options to find wood if you look hard enough. I find most of my material while volunteering on trail rehabilitation projects, and I secured a beautiful section of oak when my neighbor trimmed his trees a few years ago.

Look for the straightest piece possible. Even a slight bend will make it less functional. Make sure there are no splits or cracks in the section you will be using, and try to avoid large knots.

Prepping the Wood

The next step is to remove the bark. This can be done in a variety of ways. The simplest is to use a drawknife, but a regular knife will work. Work carefully without gouging the wood. This process takes a while, but the finished result is worth it. Some species have an inner layer of bark. Remove this as well, or the piece will discolor, usually unevenly.

Once the bark is removed, get out your sandpaper. Starting with a heavy grit, like 120, smooth out the obvious rough spots. A random orbital or disk sander works great for this. If you do not have access to either of these tools, hand sanding will also work. When you can no longer see tool marks left from the knife, switch to a finer grit such as 180 or 220. Be patient. This is tedious work. Wipe the piece down with a damp cloth whenever the sandpaper fills with dust.

Continue this process until the wood is perfectly smooth. Occasionally run your finger over the surface to feel for ridges or depressions. Anything you can feel on the surface will show up when the piece is finished.

Put a Head On It

This next step is why we took the time to visualize the project before we started. If you are planning to include a carved head in your design, your selection of wood should have included extra material at the top.

The easiest way to carve a head is to first draw the design on a piece of paper. I have seen some pretty elaborate designs. Bald Eagles. Grizzly Bears. Salmon. The sky is the limit. You are only bound by your creativity and skill as a woodcarver. Next, transfer the image to your material with a pencil.

Using a sharp knife, rough out the general shape of your figure. Switching to a smaller blade, carefully add the details. When you are finished with your masterpiece, carefully sand your work. Finish with 220 grit sandpaper.

Walking stick heads

Source: “Walking Sticks” by LadyDragonflyCC – >;

Heads do not have to be carved figures of animals. I have seen excellent staffs with inlays of polished rocks, crystals, and even other types of wood. A friend of mine has a small liquid compass embedded in the top of his walking stick, perfectly at eye level. I am not sure if it is accurate, but it sure looks impressive.

My uncle carved a notched head on his shoulder-height staff. This served as a rest for his favorite rifle. He swore he could take down a mule deer at 500 meters with this rig. I never witnessed him make the shot, but I did enjoy venison at his dinner table more than a few times.

Use the Entire Stick as Your Canvas

While the head is your centerpiece, the rest of the stick is a blank slate waiting for your personalization. I met a native Alaskan once with an elaborate carving encircling his entire staff. He told me it was the circle of men and bears and served to remind him of his unity with nature. It was beautiful.

Another acquaintance carves a pictograph symbolizing each hike the stick has completed. His hiking stick serves as a history of his outdoor adventures and is deeply meaningful to its owner.

Caribou walking stick

Source: “Caribou on Diamond Willow Walking Stick – Fort Collins, Colorado” by gregor_y is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Decorating is not limited to carving. Wood burning tools are cheap and produce better results for many burgeoning artists. Map out a design on paper. Transfer it to the wood and burn away. It is that easy. I once came across a staff with hundreds of perfectly recreated animals. The owner told me he had used art stencils. A lot of work but very impressive.

On the more practical side, I have come across staffs marked in increments useful for measuring the depth of water and snow. One traveling companion burned his name and address on the side so it could be returned to him if ever lost.

Preventing Splits

At this point, you have a lot invested in the project. The next few steps are designed to protect that effort and prolong the life of your staff. With proper care and a little common sense walking sticks will last for years. Unless you are like my buddy Jason, seemingly lacking other options, Jason used his stick to suspend a dutch oven over an open fire to make stew one night. Stews take a while. About an hour in, the heat from the fire caused the stick to bend. Then it snapped. The stew was ruined, and so was the stick. It’s too bad. It was a promising stew, and I was hungry.

But we are more worried about protection against normal wear and tear, not friends of dubious intellect. It stands to reason that the foot will suffer some abuse. It is also the narrowest part, leaving it susceptible to splits. Fortunately, there are some easy steps to take to prevent this. All it requires is a quick trip to the hardware store.

The hardware store? Yep. You are looking for a piece of copper pipe. The kind used for water lines. They come in multiple sizes. Choose one that is slightly smaller than the foot of your stick and only an inch (2-3 cm) or so long. Better yet, if they carry the fitting used to end runs of copper pipe, called a cap, grab one of those. They are cheap.

Carefully whittle the end of your staff so that it barely squeezes into the fitting you chose. Don’t put it on yet. They are hard to take off, so we only want to do this once. Squeeze some waterproof wood glue or epoxy resin into the fitting. With a rubber mallet, force the fitting onto the end of the staff.

If using a pipe, make sure it is even with or slightly above the end of the stick. When using a cap, make sure the stick is bottomed out in the fitting. Carefully wipe off any adhesive which has squeezed out. Set the piece aside to dry.

Properly Finished

Once the glue has dried, it is time to finish the DIY walking stick. By finishing, I mean stain and varnish. Not actually finish the project. But the end is coming. Soon.

To stain or not to stain is up to you. Some woods look great with only a clear protectant coat. Others respond well to stains that complement their natural colors. To see what your stick will look like with only a clear coat, wet your finger and rub it on the wood. That is the color you will have. Stains come in a variety of colors. Do some research online to discover which stains go well with your species of wood.

Apply your stain according to the directions. Make sure you have an even coat and allow it to dry thoroughly. Apply additional coats to make the color darker or more consistent.

The next step is to apply a protective layer. You can use either varnish or polyurethane. I prefer marine varnish. It is the toughest and holds up well to ultraviolet rays. It is also more expensive and harder to apply. When using varnish, I apply multiple coats and thin with lacquer thinner. Make sure you are using a quality brush. We don’t want brush marks to show after all of your hard work.

Polyurethane is a good option. It is available in aerosol and liquid forms. You can get it in semi-gloss, gloss, and matte finishes. Lots of options. Choose one and apply as many coats as time and energy permit. Eventually, you will see the finish develop a depth and body. This is what makes your stick stand out from the crowd.

With use and exposure to the elements, the topcoat will eventually fail. Periodically I sand my hiking stick down lightly with fine sandpaper and apply a new coat of varnish/polyurethane. In a short amount of time, you can make it look brand new again.

Grips and Loops

When I use my hiking stick, I prefer a comfortable place to grip. I find this especially useful in the rain or snow. If you are interested in this addition, decide on your preferred material. I like leather, but I know plenty of people who use materials such as hemp and paracord.

Measure where your hand comfortably grasps the stick with it upright in front of you. Take about 6 inches (15cm) of line and glue it vertically along your stick. Tightly wrap the remaining cord from top to bottom, completely covering the glued-on strip, and tie it off at the bottom, where the line ends. Easy. And you have a small amount of cordage on hand in case of emergency.

Walking stick animal heads

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I also prefer a loop added to the top of my stick. This makes the staff easy to hang when storing and prevents it from slipping totally out of my hand when fording streams or walking through deep snow. Adding a loop is easy.

Drill a hole through the top of the staff, close to the end but not too close. You don’t want to split the wood. Start with a small drill bit and gradually increase the bit size. Again, to prevent splitting. Take a length of the same material you used for your handle and pass it through the hole, tying it off to form a loop. I told you it was easy.

Sit Back and Enjoy

The last step is to lean the hiking stick against the wall and step back so you can take it all in. This wonderful piece of functional art that you created with your bare hands. You have made yourself a tool and a companion for the adventures to come. With proper care and routine maintenance, this stick might last you a lifetime. The best part is it is personal to you. It is hard to buy something like that.

Walking stick

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This project might be more in-depth than you anticipated. That is okay. There are several ways to make a serviceable stick in the interim. Broom handles work in a pinch. You can add a grip or a loop or just use the stick. Stout dowel rods are another alternative. They lack the organic look of a natural wood staff, but they will serve you well. Try one of these fast and easy alternatives to see if you like using a hiking stick. If you do, tackle the project outlined above.

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