Benefits Of Walking

Walking is the most fundamental mode of human transportation, and has always been the basic way human beings get their exercise needs met. A website called Health Center has recently put together some of the essential ideas behind the health benefits of walking, and we thought it would be appropriate to share some of those with our faithful readers. After all, we are the premiere walking stick and walking cane company in America! 🙂

Seniors enjoying the health benefits of walking

First of all, walking is good for your heart:

“In a study conducted by Duke University Medical Center recently found that walking 30 minutes a day can reduce the metabolic syndrome, which is one cause of the high risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. As many as 24 million women in the U.S. suffer from metabolic syndrome. Meanwhile, a study in England said that walking half an hour a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 11%, especially for women.”

Furthermore, walking helps you sleep more soundly and helps reduce certain risks:

“National Sleep Foundation says that walking fast in the afternoon will make sleep more soundly. … However, avoid walking two hours before bed.”

Walking helps you get slimmer, helps reduce bone loss, and many symptoms of aging. Click here for the complete list.

Brazos Walking Sticks is committed to helping you reach and maintain your fitness goals. With products like our FitnessWalker™, to bargain products, to collectors items—we’ve got something for everyone.


Dealing With Dogs

We frequently get calls from customers looking for a walking stick or walking cane to help keep them safe on trails and in neighborhood streets. Most concerns revolve around four-legged creatures, the kind with sharp teeth and surly dispositions.

My family and I live out in the country, and if there’s one constant to country life, it’s the fact that there will be loose dogs running around—and typically there are no dog-catchers to corral the fierce canids. Therefore, if we want to enjoy leisurely strolls through rolling Texas countrysides, we need to be constantly aware of potential threats from not-so-well-meaning pooches.

Enter the walking stick. One customer I spoke to assured me that dogs actually notice a human with a walking stick, and often times choose not to harass someone who’s carrying around something that could potentially bonk their doggie heads. While I’m not sure that dogs are that smart, a walking stick at least gives you a sense of well-being as a last line of protection between you and a ferocious mouth full of teeth.

Walk Safely With a Brazos Walking Stick

Now on to the customary caveat: We do not design walking sticks to protect people from animals. Quite simply, they’re designed to provide support and balance while walking. (However, we’re not naĂŻve to the fact that walking sticks do indeed offer a number of ancillary benefits.)

With all that said, here are a few practical tips to help you steer clear of dog bites:

– Stay away from dogs. 🙂 Is this one too obvious? If you know a grouchy mutt lives down a certain street, don’t go down that street!
– Be confident and act confidently by staying calm and not being afraid.
– Of course, a walking stick can help!

The famous dog trainer Cesar Millan has a few poignant thoughts on this subject:

“Often, I use a walking stick, an umbrella, or anything I happen to be carrying and place it out in front of me, so I make myself appear bigger and feel more in command of my space.  What I am saying with my body language is, I don’t want the dog’s space; I don’t want that tree over there, I just want this space that I am standing in. Again, I am maintaining a very calm and assertive state. That energy creates a barrier that automatically demands his respect. I’m letting him know that I’m not afraid of him.”

With hundreds of styles and designs to choose from, Brazos Walking Sticks certainly has a walking stick or walking cane to meet your needs. We’ve got sticks for bargain hunters, collectors, and everyone in between!


Get Bargain Deals While They Last!

We’ve got some bargain walking sticks that we need to move on out of here. Most of them are of the free-form hiking stick variety, but we also have plenty of traditional walking sticks and canes.

We recently had a customer email and ask for a package of eight bargain free-form sticks. We quickly put the package together, agreed on a handsomely discounted price, and were good to go. Feel free to chat online, email info@brazossticks.com or call 1-800-581-4352 if you’d like a similar deal.

Bargain Walking Sticks
Bargain Walking Sticks

While this list is not intended to be exhaustive, here are a few common reasons why we might consider a stick to be a bargain stick:

Slightly to not-so-slightly bent shaft.
Poorer quality finish.
Dings, scratches, or scrapes in the bark or other areas of the wood.
Not cut to the correct height.

While we wish we could look at each stick individually to make a thorough assessment, we simply don’t have the time or inclination to do so. Therefore, these sticks should be considered as is, grab bag type sticks.

In some cases, we’re discounting these sticks as much as 50 percent or more off of retail price … so come and get ’em while we got ’em! And once the Brazos Walking Sticks Bargains are gone…they are gone!


Gear Review: Brazos Walking Sticks

Adirondack Almanack
Adirondack Almanack

by Dan Crane

Everyone needs something or someone to lean on for support once in a while. Backcountry explorers are no different, whether it is a pair of telescoping hiking poles or simply a thick stick picked up along the trail. A pole or stick can assist with a wide range of backcountry situations from crossing a beaver dam to descending a mountain. This extra support becomes even more important as one gets older when the knee and hip joints need relief from the stress caused from hours of hiking over arduous terrain. See rest of article here.


Sporting his One-of-a-Kind Collectors Cane

One of our customers sporting his One-of-a-Kind Collectors Cane from Brazos Walking Sticks:

Customer with classy walking cane
Customer with classy walking cane

With dozens of Collectors and Exotic Canes to choose from, we’ve got just the thing for your formal event. And if we do not have it, we will make it!


New Sectional Walking Stick…so Easy to Travel With

Check out Brazos Walking Sticks new beautiful wood Travelers Stick (TM), which breaks into sections, in seconds, from a full 55 inches to a compact 19 inches. Traveling by airplane, in a small car or on a bike with one’s favorite, full-size, handcrafted walking staff has been practically impossible, until now. Travelers, geocachers, RVers, scouts, outdoorsmen, outdoorswomen, campers, backpackers, hikers and safari travelers now have a choice over cold metal and brittle plastic.

Travelers Stick being Assembled
Travelers Stick being Assembled

The new Travelers Stick offers the same quality, stability and utility of a one-piece stick, yet unscrews into three equal parts for easy transportation. Unassembled, this sectional walking stick will fit easily into an airplane’s overhead bin, in a backpack, strapped to a bike, or in the trunk of a car. With its small and discreet size, this staff can be taken virtually anywhere.


“Now, that is a nice stick!”

Following our conversation on the telephone today, I am convinced that the quality of the product purchased is a direct result of the people behind it. I have no physical limitations and am a former athlete. After 12 years of searching for the perfect Walking Stick (strait as a arrow, tall, thick, and strong) and refusing all imitators, I finally found the perfect Staff yesterday! Standing straight and proud in a Brazos Bin was a gorgeous 55″ Free Form Twisted Sweet Gum Staff fitting my hand perfectly (see pic). Following my purchase and exiting the retail store, a woman entering said to me, “Now, that is a nice stick!”

Thank you for your pursuit of excellence and meeting my need…

Stay Safe,

STEPHEN MORTENSEN
PROVIDENCE WORKING CANINES
www.providencek9.com

Providence Banner
Providence Banner


Feel Confident Buying From Brazos Walking Sticks

You can feel confident buying from Brazos Walking Sticks because we both manufacture and distribute all of the sticks and canes that we sell. Many of our competitors import their sticks or have their sticks drop-shipped from outsourced locations, essentially acting as a “middle man” between the manufacturer and you, the buyer.

At Brazos Walking Sticks, however, we control the entire process. If you need to talk to the craftsman who actually made your stick, no problem. If you need to call us to ask us specific questions about our stick-making processes, no problem. If you want to simply call us to chat about stick-making in general, no problem! We’re here to serve you, the customer, and we’re confident our quality and attention to detail will be seen in every piece that we make.

Wood Craft Factory
Wood Craft Factory

We have years upon years of stick-making experience, and it’s that type of experience and expertise that you can’t replicate with overseas or mass-produced products. We truly offer The Feel of Nature and the Quality of American Craftsmanship.

Are we the largest manufacturer and distributor of handcrafted, made-in-the-USA walking sticks and canes? Probably. We have a presence in thousands of retail locations, hardware stores, national parks, and sporting goods stores across the nation. Take a look at our website, brazossticks.com, and we’re confident you’ll find the widest assortment of made-in-America walking sticks and canes.

Now, let’s go walking!


Brazos Walking Sticks — A Quick Shot

Here’s a quick shot of a couple of Brazos Sticks employees sorting raw sticks. It was a beautiful day for working outdoors.

Walking Stick Makers
Walking Stick Makers

Enabling The Disabled

Here are a few nice words from a woman who found our website:

I just wanted to let you know that I have tried searching for a replacement for my aluminum cane three times in the past 4 months. Each time I have stopped within a day because the search was so depressing … it made me feel old and reminded me of my disability (which is fairly new to me). When I found your website, everything changed. I am really enjoying perusing your gorgeous products and am extremely grateful I found it.
— Melissa

Wood Walking Cane
Wood Walking Cane

Choosing The Right Spike Option

If you’d like to accessorize your walking stick, Brazos Walking Sticks gives you plenty of options. We offer everything from custom laser engraving to Texas State Seals.

As far as ferrules go, we have a plethora of options to choose from. All of our sticks come with a standard rubber ferrule; this rubber tip provides sure “footing” for just about any environment. We do, however, offer three types of ferrules that both ardent hikers and enthusiasts would be interested in:

The Lee Valley Spike

This spike is out top-of-the-line model. It boasts a brass construction with a removable spike and rubber tip.

The Combination Spike

This spike is our most popular spike accessory. At $13 it’s affordable and highly functional. If you’re out trekking in the forest somewhere, just pull the rubber tip off and the spiked end will dig into the ground for secure hiking and positioning. Ready to go back onto pavement? Just slide the rubber tip back on and you’re ready to go!

The Spike Ferrule

This spike is for serious hikers! With a fine point spike, it’ll be your trusty companion through miles of rough terrain.

If you’re interested in accessorizing your stick, simply choose “Buy Now” from the particular stick’s page on our website. After you click Buy Now, a list of accessory options for your stick will appear.

Enjoy your new accessory!


Reasons To Use A Wooden Walking Sticks

Walking with Brazos Walking Sticks
Walking with Brazos Walking Sticks

– Helps you keep your balance on long, flat walks.

– A walking stick takes pressure off of your legs, and distributes it to your upper-body.

– Gives stability on steep downward descents.

– They’re perfect for help slogging through muddy waters or crossing brisk streams.

– Perfect for turning over rocks, or beating the bush, to make sure there’s not a nasty critter (like a snake!) waiting to get you!

– Great for clearing spider webs and other debris that may get in your way.

– With a tarp, can be used as a makeshift shelter.

– Can be used to get your backpack up off of the ground and away from hungry pests.

– Suitable for poking at hot coals.

– A walking stick works as a line of protection between you and the teeth of any wild animal you encounter.

– It also works as a great fishing pole in a bind with your fishing hooks and line in your survival kit.

– The list goes on … and on … and on …


Outdoor Retailer Show

Brazos Walking Sticks is currently participating in the Outdoor Retailer Show. Here are a couple of photos for you to enjoy:

Remember, all of our handcrafted walking sticks and walking canes can be purchased via our easy-to-use website.


Behold: Travelers Walking Stick

The Travelers Stick is one of our hot new items, and it seems like the more we get the word out about this stick, the more our demand for it increases! For years we had folks approach us about making a stick that breaks down for easy travel. We had been apprehensive about such a design, because we weren’t sold on the idea that a stick made in a such a way could be as sturdy as one of our standard walking sticks. Well, after much trial and error, a few months ago we came up with the design that is now our beloved Travelers Stick — and by all indications this is the stick our customers have been waiting for us to make!

The possibilities seem endless: throw this broken down staff in your backpack, in an overhead bin on an airplane, in your back seat, strapped to your dog’s back — you name it!

With this classic wooden walking stick, you get the same lifetime guarantee that’s indicative of all of our handcrafted walking sticks and walking canes, and you get the well-being that comes with owning and using a quality, handcrafted staff that’s perfect for exercise, or for fitness, or for recreation … or whatever!

It’s looking like this walking stick is the next big thing for Brazos Walking Sticks, so hop on the trail with The Feel of Nature™.