How to Season a Walking Stick

Updated April 17, 2017

A walking stick makes a helpful aide while walking. It helps to take a little weight from your feet and increases your balance. Many people opt to cut and season their own walking sticks. Some of the easiest woods to work with are hazel, holly and blackthorn. Seasoning a stick simply means keeping it out of the rain and excessive moisture so that it can dry out. If you are seasoning your own stick, don't put it up between two rafters or lean it against the wall, as this can cause bowing. Make sure it has an even distribution of its own weight. And make sure you season it long enough.

Tie a piece of string to the narrow end of the stick.

Hammer a nail into a high place in the wall or in a rafter.

Hang the stick by the string from the nail.

Wait for the wood to season. Less dense woods like hazel or mesquite can take a year. Dense woods like holly and blackthorn can take up to 5 years. Maple, alder and cherry are somewhere in between. When it doubt, wait.

Things You'll Need

  • String
  • Hammer
  • Nail
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Bob Romanov has been writing since 1990, specializing in music technology and video games. He makes music professionally and has built several of his own electronic instruments. He is an authority on all kinds of video games, from vintage Atari 2600 to the newest generation of console and PC games. Romanov holds a bachelor's degree from Goddard College.