An Oft Asked Question …

… How do you size a walking stick or walking cane?


Walking Sticks As Retirement Gifts

We hear all the time that our walking sticks and canes make ideal retirement gifts. Since each piece is Made In USA (actually, right here in Texas), a Brazos Walking Stick cane or staff makes a perfectly unique gift for those hard-to-buy-for people in your life.

cane gift

Whether you’re buying a cane for an able-bodied retiring co-worker as a bit of parting humor, or whether you’re wanting to buy them a walking stick that’s fit to hike mountains, our wide selection of Handmade-in-Texas walking sticks and canes is sure to meet your needs.

Remember, all of our walking sticks have a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects and we make them all one at a time, by hand.


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Workplace Walking

Another excellent EveryBody Walk video. Amazing stuff.


Everybody Walk & The West Wing


25% Off For Mom

A handcrafted walking cane or walking stick is an ideal gift for Mother’s Day, right along with those boxes of chocolate and beautiful roses. 🙂

– For the health-conscious mom, a couple of Fitness Walkers would be an ideal choice.
– Is mom a serious hiker? Try a Twisted Sassafras Walking Stick or a Twisted Ash Hitchhiker, along with a versatile combination spike.
– Does mom need a little step-by-step support, try any of our fashionable Ladies’ Walking Canes.

For more suggestions, give us a call or email info@brazossticks.com. We even offer custom laser engraving, so you can engrave a special message for your mom right on her walking stick.

From now until Mother’s Day, get 25% off of Ladies’ Walking Canes. Use Coupon Code: MOTHER


Confidence

After my days at Baylor as a photojournalism student I used to shoot a “man on the street” piece for my local newspaper. It was an entry level, out-of-college gig that paid slightly better than flipping burgers. The idea was you go up to a person, ask them a question and then take their photo for the paper.

I recall one of the questions I had to ask one week was, “Do you feel confident shopping on the Internet?” This was back in 2000, when online shopping was still in its infancy (if I’m remembering correctly, back then Amazon.com hadn’t even turned a profit yet). Long story short, most people I asked said no. My how things have changed.

These days online shopping brings in billions upon billions of dollars every year, and with so many reputable companies to buy from, consumers can be more choosy (i.e., safe) in where they put their cyber dollars. Some choose to stay with the big dogs, and Amazon.com is never a bad choice when it comes to safety and customer service. On the other hand, buyers can often save a bundle of cash by dealing directly with a manufacturer via their retail website.

Here are a few tips to know you’re on a site you can trust:

– Online reputation. Do a Google search and look for customer reviews
– Look for signs of credibility within the site itself (e.g., does the site offer Bizrate reviews? Google Checkout? Amazon Payments?)
– Does the site have a clearly articulated refund policy?
– Does the site offer a 1-800 number that goes directly to a human being (at least during business hours)?

The World Wide Web, as a virtual frontier, is a boon for both retailers and consumers. Just remember, be safe and shop safe. 🙂


Think Handmade For Mother’s Day

Buying a handcrafted walking stick for mom (or a cane if she needs one), might be the perfect way for you to express your individual creativity this Mother’s Day. Think about it. 🙂


Bamboo Blessing

We’d love to be able to give away our Iron Bamboo Walking Sticks like this guy, but we do have mouths to feed. 🙂


Brazos Walking Sticks … Because

Because … we handcraft every single walking stick and walking cane we sell, right here in Central Texas.

Because … retailers know our reputation for quality, that’s why our walking sticks and canes are in numerous state and national parks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, and even in every Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Because … we care about Creation, choosing to responsibly work with renewable resources like wood, leather, and more.

Because … we value our customers, offering a simple 1-800 Number to contact a living, breathing human during business hours, and a constantly monitored email address for those in need of a fast, speedy response (info@brazossticks.com).

blaine with a walking cane

Because … a handmade walking cane offers those who need it a sense of style, stability, wonder, and excitement — those attributes simply can’t be emulated with mass-produced metal products.

Because … handmade walking sticks provide stability, protection, and assurance for even the most leisurely neighborhood stroll.

Because … we stand behind all of our products, with a Lifetime Warranty.

Because … walking will help you live a longer, healthier life.

Because … you, the valued customer, know American quality when you feel it in your hands.


Find Us In Cracker Barrel

Exciting news! Now you can find Brazos Walking Sticks in Cracker Barrel locations across the country. Stop by any of over 600 conveniently located Cracker Barrel locations, enjoy a homestyle meal — and pick up a handcrafted walking stick from Brazos Walking Sticks.


Diamond Willow Walking Stick

For years our customers have asked us to make Diamond Willow Walking Sticks. The problem has been securing a reliable supplier of the raw material. Well, it looks like all of our dreams have finally come true, and Brazos Walking Sticks officially has a Diamond Willow Walking Stick in its repertoire.


Custom Cane — Rossco Creative

A couple of years ago we made a custom walking cane for a sweet gal’s wedding day. The idea was to design a cane that two people could hold on to at the same time, symbolizing a couple growing old together, year by year.

Fast-forward to this morning. The aforementioned gal — Beverly Ross of Rossco Creative — emailed me a blog post about their special day (with our cane) almost two years ago.

Check ’em out. It’s amazing what you can do with wood, and it was such a great idea (hers!) for a special wedding keepsake.


Coupon Codes

We’ve got a couple of coupon codes for our walking sticks right now. For a couple of more days, you can get 10% off anything with MadeInUSA, and through the entire month of April you can get 25% off Free Form Walking Canes with the code FreeForm2012.


Photographer’s Walking Stick Featured

Imaging Resource featured our versatile Photographer’s Walking Stick yesterday. 🙂


Walking With A Walking Stick

Solid wood walking sticks are a great way to attain extra mobility by offering you a firm-footed “third leg” that’s ideal for virtually any terrain. What’s more, walking with two poles (walking sticks) can provide even more stability and other health-related benefits like upper body exercise and light strength-building. Whether you’re trekking on arduous paths, trails, and other challenging terrain, or simply casually strolling through your neighborhood or local park, a stable walking stick or cane is invaluable.

Walking With a Single Walking Stick

One walking stick will give you much-needed stability in just about any situation. While hiking, a single staff is essential to negotiate loose gravel and dirt, streams, and dense forests. While casually strolling through neighborhoods or parks, a single stick will give you a little extra assurance with each step while relieving stress on joints and muscles.

Fitness Walking/Walking for Health

Using two walking sticks (“fitness poles”) simultaneously is quickly becoming a popular exercise. Two sticks allow you to utilize your entire upper body, doubling the exercise benefit of walking alone.

Hiking Staffs and Trekking Poles

Using two walking sticks on trails can be beneficial. As with casual walking, with two poles, using two sticks or poles provides extra stability and takes pressure off of often-overworked joints. In many cases, two sticks is better than one!

Walking With Walking Sticks

Our handcrafted, made-in-the-USA walking sticks are designed to be perfect companions for whatever your walking or hiking needs may be. At the most basic level, any of our sticks can simply be picked up, taken on a stroll, and used intuitively.

Now for a more in-depth look: Most of our sticks are designed to be gripped just below the leather strap, in an area we refer to as the “grip area.” The grip area should allow for a positive, stress-relieving angle as your arm, wrist, and hand interact with the stick. For convenience and ease, our walking sticks offer handy leather straps that come standard with each walking stick we make. The leather straps help relieve stress on your hand and help keep your hand on the grip area.

Actually sizing a walking stick is often a matter of personal choice, but we do offer recommendations: 41 inches for children and short adults; 48 inches for adults up to 5’4”; 55 inches for adults between 5’4” and 5’11”; and 58 inches for adults taller than 5’11”. Please note that those are only recommendations.

All of our walking sticks are single-length sticks. Single-length sticks are advantageous because there are no moving parts (so they’re not susceptible to mechanical failure), and there’s no need to adjust length once the stick is properly sized. For travelers we offer beautiful nylon cases (featuring our embroidered logo), and logo-free, handcrafted premium leather bags.

Ferrules and Tips

Our standard tip is a quality rubber ferrule that’s reinforced with a metal washer. For added benefits, choose from our three other tip options:

The Lee Valley Spike: This spike is our 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.
Conclusion

Using our walking sticks is really an intuitive endeavor. We strive to provide the highest quality handcrafted products, and we hope you’ll cherish your staff for years to come. With proper sizing and wood choice, your stick (or sticks) will offer a lifetime of enjoyable use.

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


Another Satisfied Walking Cane Customer

Hello Folks,

James Duprey here. Over a year ago you sent me a replacement cane after I contacted you about one of your canes I bought from a local ACE store. It had a slightly loose head. You were so concerned. You sent out a replacement immediately. Your cane has been terrific!

Recently, my wife had foot surgery for a long overdue bunion. She was in bed for the first two days and then transitioned to a walker for a few days. Then, she transitioned to a cane. YOUR cane. It has worked beautifully.

Today we visited our foot doctor for a follow-up. (she’s still in bandages). Our doctor asked where got such a sturdy looking cane. We told him the story. He said here in AZ, folks might like natural, but sturdy looking canes. I offered to send him your site. I did. Moments ago.

His name is Ike Gorman, here in Tucson, AZ

Well, you can only imagine.

Thanks for a great product.

James and Vickie Duprey
[Name used by permission.]


Walking Canes and Walking Sticks: The Essence of Wood

This is the fourth installment in a series on the history, function, and uses of walking canes and walking sticks.

© 2012 Brazos Walking Sticks

The variety and character of wood is a natural phenomenon that offers an astonishing array of exquisite beauty. To the woodworker, wood variations are like an artist’s palette, and handcrafted wooden products are often artistic expressions encased in utilitarian forms.

Wood artisans carefully select each piece of wood to craft an original, unique wooden, fashionable walking cane or walking stick creation. A properly made, handcrafted wooden walking cane should not have an angular, blocky, “mass produced” feel to it. On the contrary, edges should be contoured, finishes should be smooth, and the the feel of the walking cane should be a comfort to your hand, not an annoyance. The essence of wood — with its unique ability to be “molded” by a master craftsman — allows for walking cane variation that can not be duplicated with mass production methods.

A handcrafted walking cane

Thanks to the variance inherent in all wood, you can know that a properly crafted walking cane or walking stick is one-of-a-kind, being individually crafted from the finest woods including sassafras, hickory, iron bamboo, padauk, bocote, bloodwood, cocobolo, etc. The warmth of simple, handcrafted excellence is inherent in all wood species that artisans work with, and these characteristics cannot be duplicated or replicated with any other material.

Wood is full of wonder.


A Huge Load Of Walking Sticks

Yesterday we loaded two 18-wheelers full of our walking sticks and walking canes. In a few short days those sticks will be all over America!

Loading 'em, one at a time

Walking Sticks: A Dog Product

We received an email this morning, someone asking us if we sell dog-related products. While dogs and walking sticks may not seem to go together, there is most certainly a connection.

At a basic level, a walking stick can be a visual deterrent for unruly canines. Dig deeper though (no pun intended, I don’t think), and a walking stick can add an extension to your arm for light correction, and, of course, for added support while walking your pooch.

The magazine Paw Prints has featured Brazos Walking Sticks a couple of times, praising our sticks for their versatility and utility.

A screen capture from Paw Prints

So the short answer is: Yes, we do sell dog-related products. 🙂