The hiking stick staff should be approximately the height of your chin or if you are making a staff as tall as you. Determine the comfortable height of where you want to hold the walking whiling stick when in use. The webbing material used for the handle attachment point will be higher than you hand placement.
Webbing material for your walking stick making project comes in many varieties and styles. Webbing is a polyester material which is easy to use but very durable. The image to the left shows a few we use and the tool we use to sew the webbing together. No you do not need the special tool to make your wood hiking stick - use a heavy / think needle instead. Do not use regular sewing thread. In the walking stick making guides it details thread material what to use (yes, most home already have the thread we use but its not called thread) that is both very strong, durable and water proof so it will last many many years.
The walking stick making guides gives complete details on the how to add the webbing, the correct height of the hole when making you walking stick, how to prevent fraying of the material and alternative material for you handle including weaving your own using para-cord for you hiking stick making project.
Once you determine the location of hole when you make your walking or hiking stick go ahead and drill it. Smooth the hole and hole edges. Now go ahead and work on other details of your walking stick making project including adding wood burning images, carving, painting and finishing the wood all detailed in the walking stick guides. Then at the very end of the project attach the handle when making hiking stick from wood.