How to Wrap Leather on Walking Sticks

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have made your own walking stick, or simply want to re-grip a store-bought stick, adding a leather grip will make it look more attractive and feel more comfortable. If your existing grip is wearing thin, remove and replace it to prolong the life of your stick. You can buy leather string from most outdoor or camping stores, so for little expenditure or effort, your walking stick can be greatly improved.

Soak the leather string in warm water for 10 minutes. After this time, place the string on a towel for two minutes to remove excess water.

Tape one end of the leather string to the bottom of the grip using the grip tape. Loop the grip tape around the bottom of the grip several times to ensure it is secure. Cover the entire area of the grip with grip tape to form a secure underlay.

Wrap the leather string around the grip, pulling it tight as you go. If you want a thick, chunky grip, then overlap each loop with the previous. If you want a thin grip, then leave little overlap.

Tie off the leather at the top of the grip when you are happy with the thickness of the grip. You can simply knot the leather and it will hold securely. If you have a lanyard on your stick, knot the grip through the base of the lanyard for a more-secure hold. If you need to readjust the grip, untie the leather and rewrap it as desired. When the leather dries, it will shrink, making the grip tight and secure.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather string
  • Grip tape
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