Some Ideas On Laser Engraving Walking Sticks

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A laser engraved walking cane shaft.

Laser Engraving is, by far, our most popular accessory. We engrave on the wood itself, and thanks to the laser technology that we utilize, there’s virtually no limit to what can be done.

– Logos? No problem.
– Custom text? Absolutely.
– Dates and Names? Super easy.

So when you choose to laser engrave one of our sticks, choose creatively. We can typically handle most requests.

To choose laser engraving for your walking stick or walking cane, simply hit the “laser engraving” button on the stick’s product page.

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Scouts Love Brazos Sticks

One thing’s for certain, scouts love their Brazos Walking Sticks. Since our inception nearly 20 years ago, we’ve consistently served the scouting community by offering group discounts, custom laser engraving, and quick turnaround time.

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Scouts with their Brazos Sticks!

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Raw Wood, Up Close And Personal

At Brazos Walking Sticks we bring in all manner of raw wood: bamboo, oak, hickory, laminated wood, saplings, lumber, et cetera. Every single Brazos Walking Stick we sell ultimately goes through our wood warehouse in Waco, TX, to our stick makers, to our retailers, and then to you, our loyal customers. Thank you for letting us do what we love!

So, for our customers, we hope you enjoy this up close and personal look at some of the raw wood we work with here at Brazos Walking Sticks on a daily basis.

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Personalized Walking Sticks

For the past 12 years Brazos Walking Sticks has been at the forefront of custom walking stick and walking cane personalization. Simply put, personalization is the process whereby we laser engrave your walking stick with your name, a logo, or anything that happens to catch your fancy.

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Personalize your walking stick with laser engraving.

We find that customers tend to personalize their walking canes and walking sticks with, first and foremost, their names. Name personalization offers a personal flair to your purchase, while also serving as a handy way to ID the walking stick if it happens to get lost. (On that note, some customers even enjoy laser engraving their phone number on their walking stick.)

Businesses and organizations, on the other hand, tend to use our logo engraving as a way of expanding their overall branding strategy. After all, a handcrafted walking stick with laser engraving is something that will live virtually forever.

Engraving is easy! Simply choose “Laser Engrave This Item” from the product page on our website. If you would like a logo engraved, please call us at 1-800-581-4352. Most one-time logo engravings can be done for only $30, but for multiple stick purchases, deep discounts are available.

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The Poetry of Essential Humanness

Poetry is her passion, and walking sticks are her constant companion. But not just any walking stick will do, not for this native Texan. Truth is, poet Karla K. Morton loves all things Texan: boots, pickup trucks, dusty trails, lush vegetation, outdoor adventures, and, of course, Brazos Walking Sticks.

“I am an avid fan of Brazos Walking Sticks,” exclaimed Karla. “I always, always carry one with me during my travels, my favorite one having my initials, kk, carved into it!”

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Karla K Morton with her beloved Freeform Ironwood Walking Stick.

In 2010 Karla was honored by the State of Texas as the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, a distinction that recognizes her creative prose and cultural contribution to the Lone Star State. As an ambassador for poetic art, Karla has been featured extensively in news and media outlets including NPR, ABC News, and CBS News, to name a few. She has published nine books of her poetry, with the latest being Constant State of Leaping (Texas Review Press).

Not surprisingly, her passion for walking sticks shows up periodically in her poetry.

I will sit for a while, my forehead against my staff,
With a song of sadness only the frogs can understand

– Excerpt from “A Song of Leaving”

“Wooden walking sticks are a crucial part of man’s history – used for protection, security, depth finders in holes and streams, etc.,” Karla explained. “Wooden sticks are ancient and noble, almost becoming extensions of our human limbs.”

She would know about the many uses of a faithful walking stick, as she’s logged many miles with her staff (“To Texas and Beyond!”). Indeed, her Brazos Walking Stick has been by her side through many adventures, both serene and daring.

Occasionally, Karla’s drive to wander among the flora and the fauna — to push the boundaries, to follow her cat-like curiosity, to see what’s just around the next bend — has forced her to face the reality of nature, beautiful yet cold, and to muster courage in the face of natural adversity.

Terrified, I called out to God,
then waited . . .
but . . . Sun didn’t stop its plummet,
moccasins didn’t slither away,
spiders didn’t burst into flame . . .

Sometimes the nature that must be changed is ours.

And in the golden hour of my faith,
I charged forth, my walking stick, a rod
blessing each step;

– Excerpt from “Feral”

Karla’s poetic prowess spans various subjects and genres, but, ultimately, she writes about love, hope, and the natural beauty that is all around us.

And still I walk by, searching that green maze
for fresh signs of discovery, smiling
at the strangely intimate secret I

share with the earth, and the rain, and the snails;
bewildered at the treasures of childhood
so impulsively tossed aside — that great
gift of play that lies rusting in the dark.

– Excerpt from “Secrets of the Ivy”

“I tend to be a poet of moments,” she said. “Those tiny experiences that would be overlooked, but are so essential to our humanness.”

Perhaps something as simple as a sapling has a deeper, more profound resonance when examined through the eyes of our “essential humanness.”

Or maybe that’s a poem that is yet to be written, a path that is yet to be walked.

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Frosty Grip Loosening

It’s been ridiculously cold around Central Texas these days. Keep in mind this is the same region of the country that routinely gets highs up toward 105+ degrees in summer. Tonight the low is supposedly 23! It’s not supposed to be that cold in Texas, unless you’re somewhere in the panhandle.

Believe it or not, spring is on the way. Soon we’ll all be rescued by a warmer climate as Old Man Winter loosens his frosty grip. Imagine serene walks down beautiful, scenic paths; long strolls through your beautiful neighborhood; and heart-pounding hikes on your favorite trails. Yep, it’s on the way. Get ready.

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A friendly walk with Brazos Walking Sticks in hand.

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Prediction

We’re not in the prediction business here at Brazos Walking Sticks. We’re in the stick making business. Still, it’s difficult to not conjecture as we ponder world events, market fluctuations, and numerous other variables that have a direct impact on American life and products that are Made In The USA.

Brazos Walking Sticks has been around for nearly 20 years. We started out selling a few custom, handcrafted canes at art shows and so forth, and over the years we’ve grown steadily. Currently we’re in more than 4,000 retail locations across the country, and we do quite a bit of business via our website: brazossticks.com.

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With that said, we’ve seen a lot over the years. We’ve seen economic fluctuations, the Great Recession, and a plethora of fads simply come and go. One thing’s for sure: quality, American-made craftsmanship is not a fad.

Truth be told, we see a resurgence in demand for all things Made In USA, and the future is bright for American craftsmen and American-made products. People who doggedly purchase Made In USA products are those who like to “vote with their pocketbooks,” while supporting local families and local jobs. We see those types of conscientious purchasers increasing in numbers, not decreasing.

It’s morning in America, so brew a cup of coffee, hop online, and buy something that was Made In America.

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Walking Stick For Photographers

Photographers looking for a handy monopod that also doubles as a durable walking stick need look no further than our Photographer’s Walking Stick, available in hickory, sassafras, and sweet gum.

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The Photographer’s Walking Stick In Action

This walking staff features all the beauty and durability you would expect from a Brazos Walking Stick, while also serving as an incognito monopod (the top unscrews to reveal the thread-mount). This handy monopod-walking-stick universally mounts to all standard cameras. What’s more, compared to the pricey, single-use monopod, this walking stick is a steal. ;-)

Check out photographer Kent Weakley expound the virtues of our unique walking stick:

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Statement On Sustainability

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As the national leader in the area of Made In USA, handcrafted walking sticks and canes, Brazos Walking Sticks recognizes its responsibility to conduct its operations in a way that cares for, nurtures, protects, and improves the environment for current and future generations.

Brazos Walking Sticks understands that, as stewards of our Providence-given resources, we must conduct business in a way that is ethical, prudent, and forward-thinking. Since our inception nearly 20 years ago, we have worked with those goals in mind — all within a context of complete sustainability.

To those ends we promote production methods that focus on conservation of materials, efficient energy use, waste reduction, and environmental replenishment.

With regard to the harvesting of domestic woods, Brazos Walking Sticks practices renewable collection practices which focus on targeting dense areas of private forestry with an over-abundance of competitive saplings. Competitive saplings are young trees that spring up on an annual basis, taking resources from established flora within their ecosystems. The harvesting of competitive saplings is a boon to the natural environment in which they exist.

Exotic wood is procured through fair trade practices from reputable companies whose environmental ethic is similar to our own. Brazos Walking Sticks will not work with companies who engage in questionable business practices or suspect sustainability measures.

In summary, Brazos Walking Sticks seeks to produce premium handcrafted walking sticks and canes using the most sustainable options available. Our commitment to sustainability parallels our unwavering commitment to craftsmanship.

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Anatomy Of A Spike Tip

For serious hikers — or those aspiring to be serious hikers — we offer a versatile, strong, and robust spike tip option called the Lee Valley Spike. This spike tip has been a popular choice on all of our walking sticks, and even a few walking cane users have found the Lee Valley Spike to be beneficial.

Lee Valley Exploded View

Several years ago our friends at Lee Valley Tools collaborated with us to develop this spike tip, and it’s been one of our best selling spike options ever since.

This tip features a virtually indestructible brass design that is screwed in to the bottom of your shaft, for a strong, secure fit. The rubber tip and steel spike unscrew and are interchangeable.

At $26, this spike option is great for those wanting a long term solution with replaceable parts and a pristine design.

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About Brazos Walking Sticks

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An aerial view of the Brazos Walking Sticks facility.

Brazos Walking Sticks is a family operated business offering handcrafted walking sticks and canes all over the United States. We are located in the beautiful Brazos River Valley area of central Texas, where we have been producing high-quality, hand-made walking sticks, hiking staffs, and walking canes for nearly 20 years. Most of our products are made in small, “cottage industry” workshops located within a few miles of our facilities by local craftsmen who are also our neighbors, family, and friends. We appreciate your business and wish you continued success with our handcrafted items.

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How We Craft Our Walking Sticks

This short video clip is for anyone who may be curious about how we craft our walking sticks. From cutting saplings to putting the finishing touches on our sticks, this video is essentially a short, entertaining, and informative walk through of our process. Hope you all enjoy!

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How To Make Your Own Walking Stick

… In 10 Easy Steps

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Handcrafting a walking stick.

This is a “mail bag” question that we get all the time. The good news is, to make a basic walking stick by hand is not really a big deal. A monkey could do it.

What you’ll need:

– 80 grit sandpaper
– 220 grit sandpaper
– A small saw
Lacquer
Rubber ferrule

As far as crafting the walking stick, here’s the most simple and direct method:

1) First off you’ll want to pick a nice piece of wood, preferably a straight sapling that’s roughly 1.2″ in diameter at the grip.

2) Cut the sapling to your preferred size. At this point, you should also cut off any twigs and protrusions.

3) Set the sapling aside for several months to make sure it’s nice and dry. If you live in a hot climate, the sapling will dry out a lot faster. (If you’re working with “wet” wood, there’s a chance that the stick will bow at some point, especially if it’s leaned against a wall.) If you happen to have access to a kiln, you can dry the sapling much faster.

4) If the bark is flaky or too thick, use the more coarse 80 grit sandpaper to gently sand the shaft by hand, working in an up and down motion.

5) Use 80 grit sandpaper to shape the top of the walking stick. If you’re going for the graceful, Brazos-Walking-Sticks-esque look, you’ll need to put quite a bit of work into this part in order to get it nice and rounded. :-)

6) After the walking stick is sanded with 80 grit, finish it off with 220 grit. The 220 is a finer sandpaper and will give the stick a nice, finished, smooth feel.

7) At this point, clean the walking stick, making sure that all of the dust from the sanding process is removed. You can use a damp cloth, but make sure the walking stick is completely dry before proceeding to the next step.

8) Gently spray the walking stick with a clear lacquer. You can buy a can of clear lacquer at any hardware store. When spraying lacquer, the key is to give it a nice, smooth, sweeping motion, while not staying stuck on any one area (or else the lacquer will build up in that one area).

9) OPTIONAL: Drill a 3/8″ hole approximately 4″ from the top of the stick. Insert a leather strap or string.

10) Insert your rubber ferrule on the end of your walking stick and then enjoy your creation!

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A Handcrafted Hickory Brazos Walking Stick

Just don’t try and sell more of these than we do. :-)

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Walking Stick For Wounded Warrior

A few weeks ago we received an email from a customer with a couple of photos of one of our walking sticks being used by a wounded warrior.

With the customer’s permission, we opted to showcase these photos on our Facebook page and here on our blog. The beautiful thing about this story is the generosity of our customer, who donated the stick to the wounded warrior and then promptly snapped the photos.

We appreciate and encourage this type of feedback, as it’s always a good thing to see our handcrafted, Made In USA walking sticks and canes being used, shared, and relied upon. That’s why we do what we do.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

… about our rubber tips.

Those little rubber tips that go on the end of walking sticks are called various things around here: stoppers, tips, ferrules, end caps, et cetera. (Technically we call them “rubber ferrules,” but most commonly we call them “stoppers”.)

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Those multi-named little pieces of rubber come standard on all of our finely crafted walking sticks and canes. They’re not crafted from some El Cheapo rubber either; rather, the quality of the rubber is so high that the stoppers actually smell like tires (put your nose up to one and see what we’re sayin’).

Generally speaking, rubber ferrules are made with rubber and clay. Your typical cut-rate, Dollar Store style stoppers usually have more clay than rubber, thus they wear out quickly. Our high quality rubber ferrules on the other hand are built to last, for months and months (depending on frequency of use).

What’s more, our ferrules are reinforced with a steel washer, so they can take the day-to-day pounding and abuse that our most ardent hikers and cane enthusiasts like to put on a stick.

All of our walking sticks and canes come with a standard rubber ferrule, but now you know that there isn’t anything substandard about that piece of high quality rubber that’s helping you grip the ground.

Need a replacement and want to know how to size one? Here’s the information from our website:

To size a ferrule correctly you’ll need to measure the exact diameter of the bottom of your walking stick or walking cane. The size of the stick diameter should correspond roughly to the size of the ferrule you will need. Keep in mind, these rubber tips are somewhat pliable (a good thing!), so if the ferrule opening is slightly smaller than the diameter of the bottom of your cane or stick, you’ll be just fine — it’ll stretch to accommodate the difference. It’s better to get a slightly smaller ferrule for your needs, than a slightly larger one.

– Premium quality rubber tip for walking sticks and walking canes
– .875″ hole diamater
– FREE SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM

All rubber isn’t created equally. Most drug store, discount rubber tips (ferrules) are made with an excess of clay mixed with rubber, the result is a cheap cane/stick tip that will wear out within a couple of weeks of extensive use.

Our premium rubber ferrules are just that, premium. The high quality rubber used to make our walking stick ferrules will last for months under normal use, and even years if used sporadically. If used for step by step support, you can expect our premium ferrules to last at least two to three months, but “mileage” will vary depending on walking conditions.

Our rubber ferrules have a wide grip, allowing more of the ground to be grasped while you’re walking, thus offering superior support. Furthermore, our ferrules all have a metal washer inside, thus offering even more support and stability which will, in turn, allow the ferrule to last longer. Low quality ferrules do not have metal washers inside of them.

Best of all, our premium rubber ferrules come standard on all of our walking sticks (unless an upgraded spike option is chosen).

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Become A Brazos Walking Sticks Retailer

Brazos Walking Sticks are sold all over America, from small “mom and pop” storefronts to large retail sporting goods venues like Academy Sports + Outdoors. Our retail relationships are what allow us to be all over America with our handcrafted, Made In USA walking sticks and canes. We really appreciate all of our retailers!

Here’s a recent communication that went out to all of our retailers. If you own a business that you think would be a perfect fit as a Brazos Walking Sticks retail location, please give us a call at 1.800.581.4352, or email us at info@brazossticks.com.

Thank You for being a special part of the Brazos Walking Sticks family! As a valued retailer, we want to tell you that we appreciate all that you do. We also want you to know that we’re here for you, and we’d like you to meet your sales reps, Michael and Sherry Lane.

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The Lanes have been the cornerstone of our sales team for nearly 7 years. So whether you’re a new customer or have been selling our handcrafted walking sticks and canes for years, Michael and Sherry have the knowledge and expertise to help you succeed.

Give them a call or shoot them an email. With over 100 designs, styles, and wood choices, Brazos Walking Sticks has something for every retail location and customer demographic.

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“A+, I Love This Cane”

A+, we love this review!

One of our faithful customers took a few minutes to make this gracious review of our Root Cane.

He even highlighted our tags, which provide information about the wood, and even give a brief stick maker bio and photo on the back.

We make a point to communicate with customers so that they can make an informed choice when buying their handcrafted, American-made walking stick or walking cane. We take our work very seriously, and thoroughly appreciate all of the feedback we get.

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Why We Offer Free Shipping

Brazos Walking Sticks offers free shipping in the continental USA for all of our walking sticks and walking canes. It’s not just free pokey shipping, it’s free UPS ground shipping!

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Simply put, Free Shipping has always been about our customers. We realize that in these challenging economic times, a simple gesture like Free Shipping can really go along way with cash-strapped customers.

So that’s its. Consider Free Shipping is our way of saying “Thank You!” for supporting us as we strive to provide American-crafted walking sticks and canes to all those who may need a walking aid!

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Find A Store Near You

Brazos Walking Sticks has thousands of retailers all across the fruited plain. A common customer request is, “Where can I find a store in my area?”

The waiting is over! Thanks to the hard work of our IT professionals, we now have a handy dandy map. Feel free to peruse it to find a store that sells Brazos Walking Sticks near you!

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But, of course, for a full selection of our products, nothing beats shopping on our website. You might even find a coupon if you check out our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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Why We Love The River

Our company’s namesake—Brazos Walking Sticks—is derived from our beloved river: the Brazos River.

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The Brazos River — Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Early Spanish explorers called our river Rio de los Brazos de Dios — The River of the Arms of God. Running through much of northern and central Texas, the river’s waters flow gently to the Gulf of Mexico, leaving several life-giving lakes in its wake.

Our founding parent company was called Brazos Oaks—a name referring to the majestic oak trees that line the river valley in central Texas. When the walking stick business was conceived—nearly two decades ago—the name Brazos Oaks Walking Sticks was adopted. Soon that moniker gave way to the more succinct Brazos Walking Sticks. Like the river itself, each name iteration flowed naturally from its source.

Like the Lone Star State in which it exists, the Brazos River is a symbol of peace, provision, and ingenuity. So walk proudly Brazos Stick owners: the handcrafted walking stick or cane you hold is created and buttressed by a great tradition—a tradition as timeless as the river it’s named after.

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