Walking = Life

Some experts are saying that physical inactivity is the biggest health problem of the 21st Century. Wow!

There’s a lot in this short Everybody Walk film to chew on. It’s worth your time to watch it.

If you don’t want to watch the video, here’s the take away: If you want to live a long and healthy life, then you better be walking.


About Our Craftsmen

One of the most oft-asked questions we get is, “Who makes your walking sticks?”

The stick makers we employ have a few things in common: They’re all artisans, masters of wood. They all get their training and patterns from us at our main facility. They all work out of their own “cottage industry” shops, in most cases based right out of their homes. They all live within 1 to 20 miles of our facility in beautiful Central Texas.

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Many of our stick makers are homeschool dads supporting families of all sizes. Most of them have a deep faith and deep understanding of how their work matters, not only for daily provision, but for their wholeness as human beings.

To achieve The Feel of Nature, our walking stick makers put their hearts and souls into each piece. That’s why we guarantee our walking sticks for life. And that’s what we mean when we say we offer the Quality of American Craftsmanship.


From Texas To Egypt

We’re always talking about how Brazos Walking Sticks are Made In The USA. Or, as we like to say down here, “Handcrafted In Texas.”

Indeed, our humble, Texas-made walking sticks have been all over the world. A while back we had a photo contest where we asked our customers to send us photos of themselves using a Brazos Walking Stick. We got some interesting replies, but none more interesting than this one from the Pyramids of Egypt.

So … from Texas to Egypt. Quite a journey for a handmade walking stick.

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Rave Review

We really appreciate all of our customers (so many of you!) who take the time to write in reviews and testimonials of our products. We can’t tell you how much it means to us. Thanks you!

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I have two sticks — love them. Took the travel stick on a cruise. Had a LOT of people stop and ask me where I got it — had one guy offer me $200 for it on the spot. I wouldn’t give it up!

One a more serious note — I have been having slight balance problems over the past year and the “stick” makes a world of difference — thanks for making a wonderful product.

And on the next cruise I will lash the stick to my wrist so another old guy doesn’t grab it and run off.

– Steve F.

Get your very own collapsible Traveler’s Walking Stick for only $65 (with free shipping). Now you can take your walking stick anywhere!

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Our Craftsmen: American Masters Of Wood

Our walking stick makers are all masters of wood, and the Made-In-USA products they create for us are all created one a time — with passionate craftsmanship. Take a minute, watch this short video, and learn more about our craftsmen and the one-of-a-kind walking sticks and canes they create.


Ironwood: Tough With Character

If you’re thinking of a walking stick with a lot of character, The Freeform Ironwood Walking Stick is probably your best bet. Ironwood (American Hornbeam is the flavor we use) is tough as nails and the character and “movement” of the stick makes it unique among its wooden brothers.

As beautiful as ironwood is, the downside of an ironwood walking stick is its relative heft. While not as dense as hickory, ironwood does have a robustness to it that some might characterize as on the heavier side. So petite gals might want to shy away from it. 😉

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Ship Times Currently

Currently orders are shipping within 3 to 5 biz days, not counting holidays. Thanks!


Christmas Ship Time Update

As of 12/14, order with 2-day expedited shipping to ensure delivery by Christmas.


Shipping Update, 12/11/12

As of today, 12/11/12, UPS regular ground shipping is no longer guaranteed. In all likelihood UPS will still get you your regular ground shipment in time for Christmas, but they aren’t making any promises at this point.

To absolutely guarantee delivery by Christmas, choose an expedited shipping option.

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Christmas Order Update

ALL ORDERS GUARANTEED BY CHRISTMAS. ORDERS WITHOUT CUSTOMIZATION ARE SHIPPING NOW WITHIN 3 TO 4 BUSINESS DAYS. ORDERS WITH CUSTOMIZATION ARE SHIPPING WITHIN 5 BUSINESS DAYS, TYPICALLY.


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Amazon Ratings

Brazos Walking Sticks boasts a 5 star rating on Amazon over the past 12 months. OK, it’s actually 4.9 stars, but we thought it wise to round up. 🙂

Here are a few recent reviews we’ve received on Amazon:

– This was a gift sent to another state, but it arrived ahead of schedule and the recipient was pleased.

– Great product, and super fast shipping

– Was glad we ordered it….just as described. Absolutely no complaints whatsoever on this order.

Read ’em all here.


Pros and Cons of Hickory

So hickory is our best selling wood. We sell it by the truckload. Hickory moves faster than a cheetah on Christmas Eve*.  With that said, people often want to know the pros and cons of hickory … so here goes nothing:

Pros:

– Aesthetically pleasing. ‘Nuff said.

– Strong as an ox. It really doesn’t get any stronger than hickory.

– Your children’s children will use your hickory stick … they last forever.

– It’s available in abundance.

– Dense and formidable.

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– It’s dense … therefore it’s a wee bit on the heavy side.

– It’s not really what we’d call edible. With enough marinade, though, it’s palatable.

– That’s it!

Hickory really is an ideal choice for either a walking stick or a walking cane. So browse are plethora of hickory products, and happy hiking.

*I made that little saying up. I have no idea what it means.


‘Parks: Made For Walking’


Walking With A Walking Cane

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.

Cane sizing is essential.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Please feel free to set up a chat or email inquiries to info@brazossticks.com. Or call toll free 800-581-4352 with any questions.


Link Post — Walking Sticks & Walking Canes

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. . . .

Walking Sticks turned into memorials for fallen soldiers.

8,000 Mainers have received Walking Sticks.

Using wood for a sustainable future.

Dangers of trees under power lines.

Team USA to wear Made In China uniforms.

Walk softly and carry two skinny sticks.


‘Life-Changing’ Invention …

… 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.


Walking Canes and Walking Sticks: The Functions of Wood

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.


To: America

Happy Independence Day!