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.
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!
… In 10 Easy Steps
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:
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!
Just don’t try and sell more of these than we do. 🙂
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.
… 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”.)
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).
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 email@example.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.
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.