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Make Your Own Cane or Walking Stick from a Sapling Tree
A DIY cane or walking stick is a great thing to have if you need a bit of assistance with balance. A walking stick also comes in very handy for hiking in the woods. There are plenty of ways to make your own cane or walking stick. This post will show you how to make them from a sapling harvested from your woodlot.
DIY Runs in My Family
My Dad learned to make a lot of handy tools, furniture, and decorative pieces the way that his father made them. I come from a long line of ‘do-it-yourselfers’ who had to make do with what they had on hand. Coming from farm country, we didn’t have a lot of extra money to buy what we needed or wanted. So I grew up with quite a few handmade items in our home. The older I get, the more I appreciate my DIY background.
Here is a short video of my Dad showing me how he does some of the shaping and bark removal on a walking stick. He also shows me the knife he made from a worn out reciprocating saw blade and a short length of copper water pipe. Keep reading for the step by step instructions he uses.
I distinctly remember my Grandfather making canes like this and my Dad has continued the tradition. I do believe he has outdone my Gramps!
For another post about my Dad and one of his projects, check out Dried Beans in a Jar or My Dad is Full of Beans!
Getting Started On Your Cane or Walking Stick & A Precaution
Caution – These instructions call for using sharp objects and manual labor.