A walking stick differs from a walking cane in both form and function. A walking cane is designed to take weight regularly, and be comfortable in regular use. It must be strong enough to support your weight fully, and comfortable enough in the hand to be used every day for extended periods of time. A walking stick, on the other hand, is a decorative or fashion item. It can be made from virtually any material (including, for example, glass) and does not need to be comfortable or able to support much weight.
Another category, the staff, is a tool for use in the woods, a sometimes walking aid, a prop for one end of your sleeping fly, and, occasionally, a defensive item. The hearaldic staff is yet another type, and is a mark of position or honor. It is often tall so that it can be seen from a distance and usually has more ornamentation than any of the others.
Comments from the persons for whom these items were created:
August 11, 2014 for the Carlos' Walking Stick project
I had a really great experience with my project. My walking stick came out beautifully and I would be happy to work with him again in future projects.
April 12, 2014 for hiking staff Shillelagh with a large club head and a long spiked metal ferrule/tip project
The project was completed in a timely manner and turned out to be just the way I imagined it would. The final price was a bit more than what I expected, but that was mostly due to the shipping cost. Overall, I am happy to have my rugged, bad-ass hiking stick shillelagh and I look forward to taking it out for an occasional stroll :)
December 13, 2015 for the Rooster Walking stick project
The stick was perfect. Can't wait to give it as a gift.
October 9, 2013 for the ebony walking stick project
Great experience and love my new walking stick. Will share photos and comments on Jim Barbour's Custom Made site when I have a chance to take photos.