I like walking sticks myself and make my own, I have a old lemon tree that will be pruned very shortly. I usually get 5-6 pretty straight shoots when pruned. Lemon wood is very flexible and strong but because it's grafted to sour orange, the fruit is great but the thornes are deadly. I very carefully trim the shafts and let the wood dry through the summer with bark on. By fall, I have a strong 6 footer that is vey durable.I also coat it with epoxy and wrap the upper section with 550 parachute cord for a better grip. Fun to make and useful.