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I may have posted this already but as there are several new folks since I did I'll repost.
I always finish off my hiking sticks with a 4 strand paracord lanyard. To me it just dresses up the stick and adds a nice touch, helps keep the stick from hitting the ground if dropped on the trail. I like to use 325 paracord as after it's braided it can be fished through a 3/8" hole that I drill through the stick. (The link is a good video explaining an easy way to 4 strand braid.) Personally I like to use a camo pattern with a solid color, blacks or browns, earthy, woodsy colors as it is a hiking stick, but any colors that trip your trigger will do. Another thing I do is leave the tag ends long and finish them off with wood craft beads. The spirit stick in the photo is done with camo and black.

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Mark
 

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JRSC the first few tries at braiding were, for me, let's say a challenge. After doing a few it's like anything else done repetitively it becomes second nature. Keep at it and it will come.
 

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I always add a lanyard to hopefully prevent accidental dropping, a carved topper can be damaged if it happens (it has). My method is to use a leather boot lace and attach using a "PrusiK Knot", this is a non invasive climbers knot and if a llarge loop is used its position on shank can be moved to alloe the stick to be carried over the shoulder if both hands need to be used.

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great looking wood spirit and stick
I have been trying my hand at doing one of these but need a lot more practice
 
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