Cobalt said he was off for a holiday abroad, so perhaps he has little opportunity to respond. But his work is a good example of the long standing manner of British walking sticks. The stick dresser associations have competitions with many clearly defined traditional styles.
From what I can find, while walking sticks, hiking poles and the like are used worldwide, in the US, with the advent of automobiles, and an infatuation with "newness," stick use pretty much disappeared by the mid 1930's. For many years, the only times I saw anyone w. anything like a walking stick was the cane a person with disability used to help walk and stand.
The only walking sticks being made for many years were made as folk art in somewhat rural areas. There's been something of a rebirth. For a few years, they were being seen some as a gentleman's accessory, and the market for those was often satisfied by antiques, or from modern pieces w. a similar level of finish. But over all, more are being made where I live as something of a folk art, or craft work. I see a fair number of sticks that have obviously been adapted from something that was taken from a forest, and minimally finished. I see an equal number that have been somewhat refined, and often, many personal touches are added. Odds and ends attached to wrist loops, perhaps some carving, or a little paint.
Myself, I focus mostly on making the grip as refined as I can, but leave much of the stick just cleaned up so as to show the beauty of the wood. I try to find fairly straight branches to start, but often enough, crooked ones with defects have some of the most interesting natural shape. I only have a few I've made that a close to a "dress" stick. Most I make are intended for picking around woods and fields, and I expect them to get banged up.