A walking stick is a great companion when you’re walking or hiking as it improves your balance and can make the experience much more enjoyable. If you’ve searched for walking sticks and have found none that match your preferences or budget, then why don’t you make your own? Making your own walking stick can be a fun way to pass the time, and it is a very cheap option too. You will end up with a walking stick that is completely unique to you!
Not sure where to start? No problem – here we have compiled six short steps you can take to have your very own walking stick. Follow this guide, and you will have a unique and cheap walking stick in no time.
Find A Stick
The first thing you need to do is find a stick or branch to be your walking stick. This will need to be large and firm enough to hold some of your weight while walking. Going to a park and looking around on the ground next to the trees is a great idea. You’ll be sure to find a large and sturdy branch around there.
Trim The Stick
Your stick will probably have a lot of small or large branches protruding from it. This will give you splinters while walking, which will affect the effectiveness of helping you on a long walk or hike. Cut off the branches with a hand saw or a knife if they are particularly small.
You’ll then want to smooth the entire surface with sandpaper to prevent splinters.
Now comes the fun part!
This is when you can decorate your new walking stick to look how you want it to. You can carve into the wood, paint it, or place additional accessories on it. Ensure that everything is dry before moving on to the next step.
Oil and Wood Stain
Choose an appropriate oil or wood stain for your walking stick. After this has dried overnight, then you can apply two or three coats of varnish on top. This will make your walking stick shine and look amazing, and it will help prevent the wood from rotting. Allow time overnight for the varnish to dry between each coat.
Sand it Again
Once all the oils and varnish have been dried over a few days, it will be time to sand your walking stick again. Lightly sand it using sandpaper and remove the leftover dust with a cloth. Reapply the finish and let it dry overnight again.
After the finish has dried, apply some paste wax to your stick. Let this dry overnight too.
Once you’ve completed all the steps mentioned above, it’s time for you to start using your walking stick.
Enjoy that long hike up the mountain, or walk in the countryside with your new and unique, homemade walking stick!