Small Business Idea

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. πŸ™‚ 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.

The prices on these stands are wholesale prices, stand only

Offer you customers The Feel of Nature today, with Brazos Walking Sticks.

We Carry A Wide Variety Of Walking Canes!

At Brazos Walking Sticks, we carry only the best in hand crafted walking sticks and canes. If you have to use a walking cane, get one that is more your style. Show your personality in your walking cane, whether you want a traditional walking cane or a free flowing walking cane, we have a wide variety to choose from. Upgrade your cane today at Brazos Walking Sticks!

British Stickmaker Carves Out A Living

WHEN Bernard Darby disappears into his shed most mornings, his wife knows not to worry about him.

Inside the hut at the end of the garden, Mr Darby is deep in concentration carving walking sticks, working on each one for two or three days.

Read it all here.

Enjoy Your Hike With A Walking Stick!

Are you always searching for a good walking stick before your hike? Why not buy one that you will use over and over again. Brazos Walking Sticks has a wide variety of walking sticks to give you the look and design you want. Your hikes will be much improved with a new walking stick. Visit us today and get the walking stick that best suits you at Brazos Walking Sticks!

Twitter & FB

It really pays to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and to subscribe to our monthly email list. Those are the three venues we use for telling our customers about valuable coupon codes. So, don’t be afraid, do it today! πŸ™‚

Our Weather Prediction

Here’s our weather prediction for the next few days. Feel sorry for us. πŸ™‚

Burn. Burn. Burn.

From Our Amazon Store

I don’t usually leave feedback but thought I needed to on this order. I received my walking stick before my estimated delivery.
What a beautiful piece of workmanship. It looks even nicer than I thought it might look. I don’t really need a walking stick for walking but thought it would be nice to have in case of a snake or dog.
I am already looking on your website for my next one to buy. The only problem is you have so many to choose from. keep up the good work and I will be letting people know about your product.

A satisfied customer, David

Raw Walking Sticks

This is what raw saplings look like, the moment before they made into something more beautiful. πŸ™‚

Sweet gum saplings

Walking For Healthy Joints

I’m constantly impressed by the consistency and quality of Everybody Walk’s video productions. Here’s a recent one featuring an impressive young lady named Mikayla Minnig. Miss Minnig discusses the necessity of walking for healthy joints, and since she’s a juvenile arthritis patient, she certainly has a poignant perspective.

Pondering Preppers

Been pondering preppers this morning. A prepper is defined as a group or individual that prepares for a change in normal, world-as-we-know-it, day-to-day circumstances. A prepper may be construed on a spectrum, perhaps ranging from someone who grows their own vegetables to someone who has built a bomb-proof bunker. Yes, I’m working with a very broad definition here. Often times preppers are called survivalists.

Not a bad idea

I guess in a real sense, anyone who tries to live a somewhat sustainable life can perhaps be called a prepper. My family is a couple of years into trying to live a more sustainable existence: we grow veggies, raise poultry for food, enjoy our own farm eggs, and have even pondered a contingency plan in case our water supply is disrupted (i.e., our neighbor’s well). One of these days we want to get a goat for daily milk. Other than those basic things, we’re just as oil-dependent as the next guy.

Just off the top of my head, I’ve thought of a few items it would be good to have, in case something bad happens. . . .

  • Bottled water
  • Canned foods (i.e. sardines)
  • A good knife
  • Matches (or the ability to start fires)
  • Hygiene items

That’s my list. I would imagine the above list would only allow someone to be good for a few days (for example, after an extreme weather event), but if there was a more permanent collapse in the basic structure of the world as we know it, the list would need to be a lot longer!

I’ll leave you all with this quick video on preppers:

Brazos Bed & Breakfast

Brazos Walking Sticks is located inside a 30-acre farmstead in the beautiful Brazos River Valley of Central Texas. One of the highlights of our property is a warm and inviting B&B called Brazos Bed & Breakfast. This delightful home-away-from-home features a spacious 2400 square foot design, an inviting deck nestled among native Texas trees, and the most comfortable rooms this side of your bedroom.

Brazos Bed & Breakfast -- a warm, inviting home

We’re conveniently located only 1.5 hours from both the Austin and Dallas areas, and only minutes from some of Central Texas’ most beautiful attractions including the 416-acre historic Cameron Park, with its beautiful scenery and more than 20 miles of nationally recognized trails; the traditional crafts village, Homestead Heritage, which offers visitors a unique look at heritage craftsmanship on a 510-acre farm; the world renowned Baylor University, home of the Baylor Bears; and the 52-acre Cameron Park Zoo.

So if your travels bring you to our neck of the woods, allow us to show you a little Texas hospitality!

Dilbert & Walking Sticks

I actually found a Dilbert comic strip that mentions a walking stick. Beautiful.

Is Sitting The New Smoking?

“The trick, the trick, the trick,” he said, is to have it firmly fixed in our minds, “that sitting is the new smoking. That sitting is literally bad for you.”

For 15 years, Dr. Levine has studied the grim consequences of spending too much time on our duff.

For starters, obese people sit on average two-and-a-half hours more every day than thinner people. Sitting for long periods of time could actually make bottoms bigger because sitting down puts a large amount of force on the body tissues that make fat cells. It causes them to produce up to 50 percent more.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

I wouldn’t say we’re anti-sitting around here, but we do have the word “walking” in our name. πŸ™‚ More and more research is confirming what we know, prolonged inactivity leads to atrophy (not in the weight loss sense). The following video is worth your time.

Walking Sticks For Defense?

We get a few calls and emails every month where people are asking us about the efficacy of walking sticks for defense and survival. Honestly, when it comes to using hardwood for defense, we’re admittedly pretty naive. We don’t pretend to be fighters, and, truth be told, we don’t want to be. We value the Golden Rule, “Do as you would be done by” (as the Brits used to say it). So when we see a handcrafted walking stick, we think of a tool for step-by-step support, not for bonking someone on the head.

We are, however, sure that a walking stick — especially a nice stout one like a hickory — is an ideal “defense” against unfriendly animals. My wife and I live in a rural community, and we love to go for strolls through the neighborhood to watch the sun set over acres upon acres of green pasture. There’s always a danger, though, of vicious dogs (country people, for some reason, don’t like to lock their dogs up), so I always take a walking stick for protection. So far I haven’t had to use it, but my wife has indeed whacked a pit bull on the head once with a Brazos Walking Stick — the stick held up and the dog figured out who’s boss. (Now after all that, it’s time for a caveat: we don’t make walking sticks to serve as protection from animals. We make them to offer support while walking, but we’re very much aware of ancillary benefits.)

As far as a walking stick being used for survival, a good stick can most definitely be an essential tool in that regard. If by “survival,” one means warding off predators, a stick fits the bill. If by “survival,” one means a tool to help navigate tricky, unfriendly terrain, well then of course, that’s what walking sticks are designed for! The ideas are almost limitless: a support beam for a makeshift shelter, a probe, a bush-whacking tool, and even a pole to help keep your food cache out of harm’s way while you sleep. (By the way, Discovery has a useful Survival Zone are on their website, highlighting many survival tips.)

Now go forth, walk, and be happy.

‘Ashokan Farewell’

I love this version of “Ashokan Farewell.” It’s amazing what two well played instruments can do.

Walking Sticks For Survival

We came across this interesting article on whether or not a walking stick should be part of someone’s survival gear.

Most of us don’t think about including a walking stick in survival preparations. But for some, a sturdy walking stick should be a key component in any emergency gear.

Older people might need the stick to serve as a balancing tool. With training, the stick can be a formidable weapon. The stick can serve as one support for a tarp shelter. If you have to cross a stream, a wading staff can keep you from going into the water.

If you brainstorm a bit, there are literally dozens of uses for walking sticks when out on trails. Like Clint Eastwood said, “There’s nothing like a good piece of hickory.” πŸ™‚

Amazing Natural Photography

This will likely be the most beautiful thing you see all day. Enjoy!

All About Spikes!

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 $12 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.

Last but certainly not least, we’d like to introduce our brand new Brazos Brass Spike. Like the name suggests, it’s got an all-brass construction and comes with a versatile, strong rubber ferrule. The rubber tip pops off to reveal a brass spike that’s perfect for your “off road” needs.

Brazos Brass Spike

Brazos Brass Spike

Amish Farm Effect

It seems the simple life offers a number of health benefits. That’s certainly something to think about before sitting down to an evening of the Boob Tube and potato chips. πŸ™‚

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This culture is media-saturated. Mindless media consumption — especially among the young who are, by all accounts, more impressionable and pliable — is a contributor not only to general moral and ethical decay, but to childhood obesity as well.

Here are some frightening statistics from Weight of the Nation (click on the graphic to enlarge):

Media consumption by teens is, not surprisingly, on the rise.