Here’s an idea that’s worked for me when applying the finish coats to those sticks/branches/shanks. Since the narrow end of the cane will eventually have a black rubber tip covering that end I drill - or using an awl - make a hole. I then attach this “handle” - made from a piece of limb, a dowel screw epoxied in place, and on the other end hangers. That gives me a solid piece to hold while moving/manipulating the shank.
I hope you have a teeeeeeerific Tuesday.