Walking with a cane and sizing a cane are not necessarily intuitive processes. In our 16 years of professional experience we’ve found that when it comes to using and sizing a cane, there are some general guidelines that seem to work best for most people. Please know that if you’re using a walking cane for medical reasons, you’ll need to consult your doctor first.
Walking with a Cane and Sizing a Cane
We recommend that your cane come to your wrist and allow for a slight bend in your elbow. To properly measure a cane you should stand up straight and let your arm relax to your side. While standing in that position, have a friend measure the distance from your wrist to the ground.
When properly sized a cane should be used on the side of your body that needs the most stability. Take each step by placing the cane a few inches ahead of you, along with the leg that needs extra support or balance; finish each step with your strong side.
A rubber ferrule (foot or tip) is essential to walking with a cane. The tip allows for traction with each step, and prevents your cane from slipping from underneath you. It’s a good idea to periodically check the “tread” on your rubber ferrule, and to replace worn ferrules when needed.
Choosing the Right Wood
When considering a wooden walking cane, wood choice can be a highly personal decision. Some things to consider are aesthetics, wood density, and general flexibility. For wood choices on the lighter-weight side, consider aromatic cedar, iron bamboo, oak, padauk, sassafras, and sweet gum. For more dense woods consider hickory, ironwood, bloodwood, cocobolo, bocote, and colorwood.
General Safety Tips
– Be careful when walking on wet or slippery surfaces.
– Make sure your cane is firmly planted on the ground with each step.
– Hold your cane firmly with one hand, not two.
– Check your rubber ferrule (tip) regularly, and replace it when needed.
– Periodically inspect your cane for any irregularities.
With a host of beautiful woods to choose from, walking with a handcrafted Brazos Walking Cane can be an enjoyable experience. For stability with each step, or simply as a fashionable accessory, Brazos Walking Sticks has an expertly crafted cane to meet all of your needs.
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Here at Brazos Walking Sticks we’re interested in quite a few things: walking sticks and walking canes, of course, but also news in a number of industries including lumber, forests, sustainability, fitness, American-made, and more. A quick perusal of the Internet each day can find dozens of fresh news pieces in any of the aforementioned categories. Here are a few from today. . . .
… from the other side of the world.
This is amazing. Three young minds from the other side of the world put their heads together for six months and came up with a revolutionary new idea on a walking cane for the blind. You’ve got to love the ingenuity that goes into creating something like this.
This is the fifth installment in a series on the history, function, and uses of walking canes and walking sticks.
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The word “wood” is not synonymous with “tree.” Wood, per se, is merely a fibrous tissue found within the context of the entire tree. Apart of from the tree, wood makes no sense; as an integral part of the tree, wood can be the tree’s most defining characteristic. The versatility of wood, harvested from trees, offers a plethora of uses.
The functions of wood are many. Wood has been used the world over, for centuries, to build structures, furniture, musical instruments, boats, walking canes, utensils, and more.
Within the world of walking sticks and walking canes, many materials have been used throughout the years, but wood reigns supreme as the ultimate choice among practical users and aficionados alike.
The function of wood within the realm of walking support is simple, yet complex. The simplicity of its function means that wood’s primary purpose, within this context, is to support the user, often times in a step-by-step fashion. Without step-by-step support, wood becomes useless as a walking aid. On the other hand, the actual complexity of wood may sound, superficially, like a negative trait, but upon closer scrutinization wood’s weave of complexity is what allows wood artists to fashion their wares into a variety of useful — and beautiful — forms. Complexity itself consists of wood hue, density, hardness, flexibility, rigidity, and aesthetic appeal. Wooden walking canes, therefore, can naturally benefit from the complexity of wood, when produced by artists, as opposed to the “fires” of mass produced industry.
So whether it be complex or simple, the function of wood is what allows for a tapestry of wooden design; and that very tapestry can turn a seemingly simple creation like wood into something set apart, unique, fashionable, artistic, and completely useful.
Happy Independence Day!
It seems most pundits these days are declaring that the economy is finally in “recovery mode,” though we’re not sure what that means exactly, but it certainly has to be a good thing! And since the 2008 economic downturn, many people are looking for creative ways to start a business — and promoting Made In USA products has effectively entered into the cultural zeitgeist, especially in the current election cycle.
One thing’s for sure, Internet sales-and-marketing is here to stay (barring, of course, some catastrophic, world-changing event), and promoting a health-conscious, proactive, Made In America product seems to be the smart bet these days. With that said, why not start a career selling Brazos Walking Sticks’ popular line of handmade walking sticks and walking canes? After you meet some minimum requirements, we’ll get you set up as a wholesaler and you can emulate a company like Alivan’s, which buys several sticks at once, and then offers them to their customers at retail price. Consider it a form of pocketbook patriotism. 🙂 Or, if you have a brick and mortar store, consider buying one of our many popular packages, like our #1 Best Seller package. This popular package offers all of our best-selling walking sticks and canes, all in 1 square foot of space.
Offer you customers The Feel of Nature today, with Brazos Walking Sticks.