Seeing all the work you guys post inspired me to actually get my finger out and get into the garage and work on some sticks. I dug out some of the old ones I had made years ago and chose a couple dozen which had potential, plus did one which had been sitting at the back of the garage for a few years now.
As you can see, I prefer doing mostly root sticks with natural handles.
The short, cane-sized one is maple, the other three are ash of one species or another. The really crooked stick is surprisingly sturdy; I put my weight on it ( something I have far too much of, according to my doctor) and it barely flexed.
These four, plus 11 more drying in the garage (slowly because of the cold), are what I managed to do.