Don't follow to close to the line of the template, if you make any mistakes its to late to do anything, the rest of timber can be rasped off later. Just like the cardigan walking sticks it’s now time to use a rasp to remove the rest of the unwanted timber. Round the edges of the handle to make the handle of the walking stick completely round leave no flats edges and keep the whole handle round. The smoother and rounder the handle it makes for a much more balanced walking sticks.
To finish the handle when you are happy with the shape use a file or a very rough grade of sand paper, then work down the grades of sand paper until you have a very smooth handle for your walking sticks. Its always better to fit the handle to the your walking sticks shank before you finish the handle completely. This why you can also keep the handle the same thickness as the shank for your walking sticks.