We're getting near the end now... Still with me?
These last shots show the stick completed. The whole stick, including the carving was rubbed down with 0000 steel wool and then a clean cloth, then oiled. I used grape seed oil because it has no smell and doesn't 'clag' up over time. There are other oils which probably work better but due to some alergys in the family, they are not available to me. After hanging overnight, I rubbed the stick down again with steel wool and a clean rag and then applied a coat of bees wax mixed with olive oil, alowed it to dry and buffed it off.
Finally the end of the handle was bored out with a 25mm Forstner bit and a compass fitted. Then the handle was wrapped with Kagaroo leather thong. The wrapping technique leaves a bit hanging down the bottom of the handle at the back. You can cut this off or, as I did in this case, thread some beads or other ornaments and leave them hanging.
Well, thats it. Hope you liked it. It was a lot of work getting it all photographed, written up etc. but if it helps people learn stuff its worth it. How about a few more of you experienced guys doing a WIP or two each? That way we all get a chance to learn a bit from each other.