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.

raw walking sticks

cedar for walking sticks

colorwood walking sticks raw

pine for walking sticks

raw sapling walking sticks

raw sassafras for walking sticks

walking cane raw shafts

walking stick saplings


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.


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.


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.

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.

made in usa walking sticks

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.