The next step will be a hand woven hand old area with a strap cord. We use para-cord for all handles because it is durable plus in an emergency you can unwind it and use for many survival uses.
Just before I was ready to put the clear shellac on it uses a wood burner to write the type of wood and were collected with date towards the bottom of the hiking stick. Making your own hiking sticks and walking sticks is a great way to bring back memories of favorite trips.
The last step is to put the finished waterproof coat of shellac or similar finish of your choice. When this walking stick making project was finished I added a small compass on the top of the stick.