For indoor items like collectable walking canes, we would recommend a hard finish that wont scratch to easy and will have a great shine to the finish. For this we recommend using a 2 pack lacquer, this is done but using a spray gun but you can also us a paint brush, the 2 pack lacquer sets very fast and has a very hard wearing finish that will last and wont scratch when you use it.
If you are making thumb walking sticks or shepherds crook walking sticks we recommend a different finish. The best for this type of walking stick is yatch varnish, as it its hard wearing and will with stand outdoor conditions it will last a very long time without the need or re doing the stick. Yatch varnish doesn't have the same smooth finish as 2 pack laquer but its perfect for all outdoor walking sticks.