Multi-Function Walking Stick IV - Grip Strap




Introduction: Multi-Function Walking Stick IV - Grip Strap

Add a hand strap to your walking stick; made from continuous rope rings, to create a clean custom grip without the bulk of a knot.

This is part 4 in the Multi-Function Walking Stick Instructable series.

The Original Multi-Function Walking Stick Instructable series includes the following:
Part 1:  Make a three piece walking stick that converts into a Camp Chair.

Part 2: Add copper ends to a staff creating a bottom tip & a storage compartment on top.

Part 3:  Add a flaming torch to the top of a staff to light your way

Part 4:Starts here...
It describes how to add a customized hand strap to the Multi-function Walking Stick using a rope winding technique to create a functional grip while improving the overall  finished appearance of the staff.

Best of all, it utilizes an attachment feature already present in the Multi-Funcition Walking stick design.
Thus, it can be added or removed instantly without tools.

Step 1: Copper Fitting Joint

Since publishing the first Multi-Function Walking Stick Instructable, I have received a few comments about the gap between the threaded copper fittings. 

As seen in the photo, the copper fittings joining the threee sections of the staff have some exposed threads when screwed together. 

The threads on the fittings have an increasing diameter taper by design, to ensure that at some point the threads will bottom out. This ensures a tight joint when threaded together however, it means the threads will tighten down and stop turning before the shoulders of the fittings meet.

Its almost as if the plumbers that designed these fittings were more concerned with achieveing a water proof joint without any consideration to how exposed threads would detract from the appearance when used as hiking stick fasteners....Imagine that!

Actually, this is a good thing...
That remaining gap is an opportunity to a add yet another functional feature to the Multi-Function Walking Stick.  The gap becomes a fixing point for a hand strap.

Step 2: Hand Strap

A Hand Strap can be fashioned from three strand natural fiber rope using a rope rewinding method to form various sized loops.

To start: The individual strands of a length of rope are removed by carefully unwinding them.  A single strand is then rewound onto itself to form a ring (or in this case a series of two connected rings).

The technique is described in more detail in the the following Instructable:
Rope Rings:

The benefit of this rewinding method is that a custom wound strap has an attractive finished look without the bulk of a knot or splice.  Also, the use of rope as opposed to a synthetic strap, maintains the natural materials theme - wood, copper, natural fiber rope.

Step 3: Detent by Design

So up to this point, hours have been spent meticulously  machining the copper fittings to ensure there there is an esposed thread gap.  (not really, as mentioned earlier, the gap is there by the nature of the the copper fitting's thread design...but you can tell everyone you spent hours just to achieve that attachment feature)   

The fitting's gap, and the resulting indentation in the overall diameter of the staff, will be used to secure the hand strap. 

What was once was a less than presise looking exposed threaded gap, is now an intended design feature...."ya that's it"....just as it was envisioned all along!

Step 4: The Strap

The finished strap has a small, on-size, loop to fit over the threaded coupling and a larger loop that fits the hand.

By using the Rop Ring rewinding technique there is no knot or bulky splice.  It looks like an infinite continuous loop (lemniscate). 

Step 5: Installation

The hand strap installs or removes without tools in seconds.

Before screwing the upper section of the Walking Stick together slide the small loop over the threads on the coupling.

When the upper section is screwed on, the once unsightly fixed gap, will keep from crushing the rope loop; while the gap's indentation, will keep the loop from sliding down the staff.

Step 6: Alternate Applications - Staff Hanger

Even if you do not use the strap as a hand grip, it can be used to hang the staff.

Rather than just leaning the staff against a tree when stopping for a break, the loop can be used to hang it from a branch where it is less likely to fall over.

Step 7: Hanging Loop

Likewise, the loop can be used to hang things - when at rest, or on the trail.

Anything with a hook can be clipped or secured to the Walking Stick's loop to keep it off the ground or readily accessable on the trail.

i.e. Water bottle, snack bag, gloves, radio, etc.

Step 8: Shoulder Strap

The same winding  tenique can be used to create rings that utalize both the threaded fitting's gap, and the lower chair notch in the wood, to create a self storing shoulder strap.

In this case, the upper ring is sized to remain fixed in the upper joint.  (just like the hand strap design)
This loop is part of a length of rope to be used as a shoulder strap.

The lower loop on the same rope is a little larger allowing it to index into both the lower joint and the bottom notch (this notch, show in the third photo, is used for the chair conversion; as described in the first Walking Stick Instructable). 

The shoulder rope should be sized such that it is taut when the bottom loop is slid into the lower chair notch. (this is the stored position (shown in the second photo)

When the lower loop is slid up it will index into the lower copper fitting gap.  The slack in the rope can then be slung over the shoulder to carry the staff;  keeping both hands free.

Note the smaller accessory loop on this shoulder strap design (shown in the second picture); It could have been made as large as the hand loop without affecting the shoulder strap function however this just shows another alternative application.

Step 9: Trim Rings

Plain ring(s) can be used solely as a decorative element to improve the appearance of the exposed threaded gap.

Should you decide not to add a hand grip, a set of single rings can be used as an accent treatment to hide the once exposed threads on the copper fittings.

But why would you want just plain rings when you can have accessory attachment points on your   Multi-Function Walking Stick?

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    8 years ago

    Wonderful innovation! The time you took to think of all possible ways to execute your ideas is mind boggling. You have a mind for practical engineering my friend. :) How much did the entire multi function staff project cost?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hello, I have seen your instructables about making the multi-function walking sticks, and I like them.

    I'd like to know what it the brand of your water bottle, thanks.

    I love your walking stick ideas. I am an avid hiker and I am always looking for multipurpose gear to save weight. I have recently become addicted to bringing tiki torches on hikes with friends. Keeping a fire bright enough to see each other at night takes a lot of wood. Just one or two tiki torch refills duct taped to a stick makes a world of difference. That being said, do you have any idea how much the whole thing weighs, including the torch? When I build mine, I am planning on converting the basic idea into a 4 section double ski pole design. This would allow me 2 4' torches or a seat and one short torch. Do you have any other ideas for the fourth section? Maybe a hollowed out section with a survival kit? One idea I had was to somehow incorporate a hollow section in that fourth one and put a couple 18650 rechargeables and a 5v USB outlet in there so you could turn it into an aux power source for a GPS, or a phone, or whatever.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This series is the coolest I've seen in a long time. The details tell me you really put a lot of thought into it as a whole. Thank you.



    11 years ago on Introduction

    if this is really going to be a one stick fits all kinda thing, one of the sections needs to become a firearm of some sort. Perhaps a zip gun style or bang stick type 12 0r 20 gauge or a .22lr used for survival protien gathering (squirrels, rabbits, birds, etc). The bullets or shells (stored in the tube) would also provide raw materials for survival techniques like fire starting and emergency first aid as well as metal (brass) to fashion into arrowheads if the need arises (22s are great for that since the already act as end caps for small sticks. A little pounding and you have a pointy projectile.)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great addition and a well done "ible" , Ive tried several variations of adding a loop to my staffs for assistance in standing but haven't been overly thrilled with the results, Im going to have to give this try.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    What is with you and walking sticks? lol
    You must do a lot of hiking!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    walking sticks, staffs and canes have more purposes than just hiking, there are those of us who use them everyday. Personally after a couple of injuries I have difficulty standing for any length of time without pain so a staff comes in handy as a support. I have 5 different staffs of shoulder height and a good number of walking sticks and canes.


    Nice idea as a add on. I made up to step 3 as a gift for my brother-in-law in 09' and it turned out very cool. I did a few decorations different than what you did but the handle would have been great, wish I had thought of it!