Welcome to the home of FinStik!
This is the place for light-weight and strong hiking sticks hand-made made by Finley Gold.
They are made with a purpose: to spread kindness and consideration for people and nature.
I’ve created and passed on each of these FinStik items in the spirit of good will. I hope that those that receive them, whether existing friends or strangers, carry on that good will by being considerate of other people and the environment.
The idea here is to make the world a better place, pay it forward, and promote kindness. Because in the end, only kindness matters!
What do you do if you find a FinStik?
Keep it and use it or pass it on with kindness and good will!
These are lightweight but sturdy hiking sticks made out of my favorite wood: Wormy maple. Also called Ambrosia maple, it is named after the Ambrosia beetle that have tunneled through it and made interesting tracks due to a fungus on their legs. This stick is mountain trail tested and proven to be a great hiking asset. The image above shows the original FinStik that has traveled many miles. Note the bug tracks at the top and the mushroomed bottom. I don’t use rubber caps on the bottom because they will just come off. If you look carefully, you will see a carved line at the exact halfway point on the stick. It is there just in case you need to use your hiking stick as a bo staff and defend yourself against a wild animal. Or just to balance-carry it horizontally.
WARNING: FinStiks are designed to help with your balance while you hike. Do NOT put your full weight on it and don’t expect it to correct poor footing. Finley Gold will not be held responsible for accidents while using a FinStik.
The FinStiks pictured above are works in progress. They start out as a regular 4/4 board. I cut them into 1″ square sticks on a table saw, trim the edges off using a custom jig, and hand-plane/sand them to round off the octagonal edges. I never make them completely round so they are easier to hold on to.