Walking Canes and Walking Sticks: Essential Human Creativity

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

© 2012 Brazos Walking Sticks

In essence, as a created being, man seeks to to partake in his own divinely inspired sense of personal and corporate creativity — and wooden walking sticks and walking canes offer an outlet for unparalleled artistic creativity.

Like all crafts of human creation, the potential for walking cane design is only hampered by the limit of the artisan’s creative instincts. In other words, the “limit,” when taken as a whole, within the context of a corporate human reality, is fundamentally not a limit at all, but rather an outpouring of innovation, dexterity, and passionate craftsmanship.

The process of creativity

The “essential” side of human creativity — as witnessed in handcrafted artistry — is a deep-seated force, a God-given drive, that compels men and women to explore, to endeavor, to create. In the world of walking sticks, walking canes, hiking staffs, trekking poles, et al, the intrinsic need to create is most fully realized with one simple material: wood. Only wood allows for a seemingly endless variety of natural color, grain, feel, texture, and density.


Is A Craftsman Made Or Born?

According to my Webster dictionary, a craftsman is “one who creates or performs with skill or dexterity especially in the manual arts.”

I was reading National Geographic magazine this morning. The article was about a potentially rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci chalk-and-ink drawing that was originally procured in the late 90s by an art dealer for twenty-something thousand dollars, changed hands after a few years, and now, pending confirmation of its authenticity, could be worth as much as $100 million.

The magazine features a full size replica of the drawing — which is only about as big as a legal pad — that allows for readers to study the minute details of the piece. I’m not an art aficionado; in fact, I couldn’t really even be considered a dilettante. However, even I can tell that no matter who painted the portrait, the details are amazing. I suppose that an artist is not tantamount to a craftsman, but the supposed da Vinci drawing struck me as a sort of craftsmanship in its own right.

Like anything done exceptionally well, craftsmanship is about innate ability and a passion to invest the time and energy into a particular pursuit. Some would even argue that, for high-achievers, nurture plays a far greater role than nature.

A craftsman at work

Take for example the Hungarian Lazlo Polgar. Back in the 70s and 80s, Polgar and his wife pulled their three daughters from State-run schools in order to homeschool them. Polgar’s thesis was, “Genius is made, not born,” and he set out to prove his proposition by educating his children at home (despite resistance from the socialist government) and extensively training each of his daughters in a specific discipline: chess. The end result was three highly educated daughters who are fluent in 4 to 8 languages each, and each chess grandmasters, with one young lady in particular becoming the strongest female chess player in history.

Now, to tie that back to craftsmanship … It’s obvious to us that some people simply don’t have an aptitude for fine workmanship. On the other hand, with a nurturing, educational environment, even the most mechanically inept individuals can achieve a degree of proficiency.

Perhaps there’s a craftsman in all of us?


New Barrel Display Stands

Our new display stands arrived today. Here’s a photo of our man unloading them from the truck.

And another shot of how they look loaded with sticks.


Perfect For Gardeners

An often-overlooked jewel is our Gardener’s Yard Stick. It’s a 52-inch staff that doubles as a walking aid and a handy gardening tool. Like all of our walking sticks and walking canes, this walking stick was conceived and created by Brazos Walking Sticks.

The Gardener’s Yard Stick, 52 inches, is truly one-of-a-kind: doubling as an invaluable gardener’s tool, and a sturdy walking aid. This useful staff is fashioned from sturdy oak or ash, making it strong and highly durable. Each Gardener’s Yard Stick is outfitted with a strong metal tip that provides a firm, secure grip while trekking through your yard or garden. The tip is also perfect for marking plant locations in the garden or flower bed. Additionally, the Gardener’s Yard Stick comes with a handy 36-inch ruler printed on the side of the shaft — perfect for precision placement of plants in your garden.

After each piece of ash or oak is carefully chosen, prepared, cut, and sanded, each staff is stained a beautiful tan, magnifying the wood’s natural grain pattern. Finally, every stick is sprayed with a protective clear coat lacquer. The result is a smooth finish that highlights the wood’s intrinsic beauty. The finished staff is a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted walking stick that is both sturdy and attractive. Like all of our finely crafted walking sticks and canes, the Gardener’s Yard Stick is made in the USA by our skilled craftsmen using the highest quality wood and time-tested methods.

Buy it online now for only $55.


Walking Canes and Walking Sticks: Basic Human Need

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

© 2012 Brazos Walking Sticks

The basic need of every human being is physical survival. There’s no doubt that our forerunners used sticks to help in their pursuit of essential human survival: from stoking a fire, to navigating treacherous terrain, to fending off wild animals, sticks have been part and parcel to human existence.

These days — in modern society at least — walking sticks aren’t necessary to aid in basic survival, but, without doubt, the echo of ancient utility reverberates to our present day: it’s heard — and sensed — when we intuitively pick up a stick when we need to navigate some tricky terrain; or when our intrinsic need for support (perhaps from injury) compels us to reach for something that can easily serve as an extra appendage; or when our visceral impulse for protection from animals leads us to reach for a felled limb while walking through otherwise innocuous neighborhoods.

Only in the past few decades has this basic impulse — the basic human need — moved from the instinctual idea of using saplings or tree limbs, to using non-holistic, man-made metal rods. While there may be some utility to the latter approach, the former has been humanity’s support-answer for nearly all of its existence. Furthermore, wooden walking sticks and walking canes offer a flexibility in handcrafted design that other materials can not emulate, yet another reason for wood’s popularity among those in need of a walking aid.


Walking Canes and Walking Sticks: An Introduction

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

© 2012 Brazos Walking Sticks

For centuries walking canes and walking sticks have been utilized by human beings the world over. Since the beginning of recorded history, every culture, society, nation and people group has used wooden staffs for support, stability, protection, fashion … and so much more. It’s not hyperbolic to say that a wooden walking stick or a walking cane is perhaps the most natural extension a human being can employ, because, without even thinking about it, we instinctively pick up a stick when we need support.

Wooden walking canes and walking sticks are universal: from the humble shepherd to the elegant, aristocratic gentleman, a staff — whether stylish or utilitarian — is something human beings have reached for, and will continue to reach for, for centuries. Aside from clothing itself, no other material object has been so widely accepted, used, and trusted as walking sticks and walking canes.


A Popular Walking Stick Accessory

Next to compasses, thermometers are our most popular walking stick accessory.


How To Choose The Best Wood?

We get that question a lot, and there’s no clear cut answer since there are numerous variables to consider: What is your aesthetic leaning? Do you want something dense, or lightweight? Do you want the strongest wood money can buy or something inexpensive?

Believe it or not, wood is not a static, lifeless, one-size-fits all commodity. On the contrary, wood is more like a living, breathing, holistic palette of color and texture — one that can be personalized to your individual tastes. Collectors know that the varieties of wood are virtually endless, and when you couple that variety with our knack for inventing beautiful and useful walking cane and walking stick designs, the average collector has more to choose from than he or she can handle in a lifetime.

Now, to the question, here are a few quick and dirty wood recommendations:

I want strong and I couldn’t care less about weight!

Fair enough, go with hickory as your first choice, or ironwood as your second. If you want to drop a little cash, many of the exotics would fall into this category as well.

I want lightweight and strength isn’t an issue, because it’s not like I’m going to be using this thing as a barbell!

Ah, you want straight pine, aspen, aromatic cedar, or even a smaller sassafras or sweet gum stick (48 inches or less). Those will do you just fine.

I demand the best of both worlds. I want something lightweight and strong as a bull! Bet you can’t do that!

We most certainly can! Try the Iron Bamboo on for size. It’s the lightest-weight stick we carry, and it’s got a strength-to-weight ratio that’s greater than steel.

I want cheap. I don’t want to pay a lot for handcrafted, Made in the USA quality!

Hey, who doesn’t want to save a buck or two these days? Go with straight pine or pick from the plethora of walking sticks and walking canes on our Brazos Bargain page, they’re all 30- to 50-percent off retail.

I’ve got a couple of Benjamins burning a hole in my pocket, point me to the Cadillacs!

Yes, sir! Right this way to our Collectors Page. Can we get you some caviar while you’re shopping?

So, as you can see there are plenty of choices. Feel free to email or call if you have any questions. But be forewarned: Once you feel The Quality of American Craftsmanship in your hand, you’ll want to become a collector.


Buy Wholesale!

Retailers, if you’re looking to sell our handcrafted, made-in-Texas walking sticks and canes, then head over to our wholesale sight. You can buy packages, shop individual sticks, and more: http://wholesale.brazossticks.com/

Our new wholesale site is easy to navigate

Here’s The 123 On Selling Handcrafted Walking Sticks & Canes

1. Interested in selling America’s handcrafted walking sticks and canes? Sell them to your hard won customers in your store, on your website, or at any site of your choosing. These Made In USA walking sticks and canes are guaranteed to sell! If you’re not satisfied after six months, simply send them back for a refund.

2. Only a $397 initial purchase gets you a package of our best-selling sticks along with a free display and free shipping. For modest additional fees, we also offer drop shipping, custom laser engraving (engrave your logo!), and a host of accessories like spike ferrules, compasses, and more.

3. Ready to start selling? Email us at info@brazossticks.com with your DUNS number to establish “same day” 30-day credit terms. Here’s the information we’ll need: name, title, company name, full shipping and billing addresses, phone number, and email address. We’ll respond with the applicable forms … and you’re off and running!

With Brazos Walking Sticks you can buy confidently because we offer the largest assortment of handcrafted, Made In USA walking sticks and canes. Furthermore, our Lifetime Guarantee and expert marketing support help ensure your success; and with a network of more than 2,500 retail outlets, you’ve got a proven trail leader with Brazos Walking Sticks!

For wholesale pricing, information and catalog requests, email us at info@brazossticks.com or give us a call at 1-800-581-4352.


Walking Stick With Built-In Monopod

The Photographer’s Stick is one of the handiest inventions we’ve ever created. It’s got a built-in monopod, so nature photographers can have two tools in one: a sturdy, handcrafted walking stick and a monopod, in one item.

Eminent photographer Kent Weakley has posted a video review of our Photographer’s Stick:


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Custom Laser Engraving

We’re one of the few — if not the only — manufacturers of American-made handcrafted walking sticks and canes who give our customers the flexibility to add custom laser engraving to their walking sticks. Yes, your one-of-a-kind, made-by-hand walking stick or walking cane can be even further personalized with a unique name, message, scripture, slogan, or even a logo. Standard text engraving starts at only $20, and engraving logos and symbols starts at only $30. So get creative!


Handcrafted, One At A Time

Brazos Walking Sticks offers the widest selection of handcrafted walking canes and walking sticks. By manufacturing and producing our very own wooden walking sticks, we’re able to maintain control over both quality and consistency throughout our entire product line.

A family enjoying their handcrafted walking sticks

Each piece of raw material — be it lumber or saplings — comes through our warehouse and then on to our stick makers, most of whom operate their own cottage industry operations within a couple of miles of our facility. After picking up their raw material every week, our stick makers then go back to their shops to handcraft each walking stick or cane to our exact patterns and standards. Upon completion, the finished products are processed through our shipping facility and sent out all over the United States (and even some parts of the world).

We simply don’t mass produce our walking sticks and walking canes. Our process is a simple, artistic, one-at-a-time approach that our customers have come to know and appreciate throughout the years.


Sizing a Stick or Cane


Custom Curtain Rod

We made this custom piece for a customer for only $210. It’s an ebony, cholla cactus, bubinga, and elk antler curtain rod. The inspiration for this rod came from one of our Collectors Walking Canes, and, with a little input from the customer, our master craftsman made it happen. Contact us for your custom job quote today.

Custom Curtain Rod
Full Length Shot

Ironwood Lamp

Brazos Walking Sticks is a fully functioning wood shop, and as such we often experiment with different ideas for various handcrafted products. Here’s one our production manager just came up with, a vine-twisted ironwood lamp. We’re presenting it as a gift to one of our associates, but if anyone is interested in owning something similar, we’d be happy to make one for you at a reasonable price. Email us at info at brazossticks dot com.

Vine-Twisted Ironwood Lamp

Handcrafted, Made In Texas Walking Canes and Sticks

Here at Brazos Walking Sticks and Canes we adhere to the time-honored tradition of making each walking cane and walking stick by hand, one piece at a time. In an effort to create handmade products that stand head-and-shoulders above anything else out there, we use only the finest woods and the most exacting patterns. Our goal is for each wooden walking cane and stick to be a unique, one-of-a-kind creation, while holding true to forms and patterns that ensure stability, continuity, and singularity throughout our entire line.

One of our craftsmen, hard at work

Take a moment to browse our traditional and free-form walking canes, with prices starting as low as $31. Once you feel, see, and experience one of our handmade wooden walking canes, you’ll know why we say we offer The Feel of Nature.


Twisted Hickory — Wow!

The venerable Twisted Hickory Walking Stick is our best selling stick of all time. It features our signature spiraled twist and a robust feel that simply can’t be matched with any other wood. It’s strong, reliable, and eye-catching.

On our Amazon site, this walking stick gets nothing but straight Five Star reviews. Here’s an example:

We bought this for a Christmas present for our dad. It came quickly and w/o hassle. He loves it. We haven’t tested it in the woods but have used it outside around the house. It really had the WOW factor.

Pick yours up today, and be wowed with the Feel of Nature and the Quality of American Craftsmanship.


Shipping Policy

In-stock items usually ship within 2 business days. Items that require customization (e.g. laser engraving and compasses) may ship within 3 to 5 business days.

For expedited shipping, what you’re paying for is how long it takes UPS to deliver a stick to you once it has shipped. Buying expedited shipping does not guarantee how soon it will ship from our location, though we do make every effort to ship expedited orders as soon as possible.

For P.O. boxes we ship via US Postal; please note in those instances shipping prices may vary from UPS charges that are quoted in your order. Due to their reputation for reliability and prompt customer service, we ship via UPS. For UPS, a business day does not include Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. So if you live in a 3 day area and we ship your package on Monday, then it should arrive on Thursday. Remember that these times are estimates. If you need guaranteed shipping times, then you must use one of the Express options.

*Continental USA only. Not applicable to custom orders.

**Customers pay Duties and Taxes, but we were able to negotiate a low $10 brokerage fee which you pay with taxes!


Great Deals On Bargain Walking Sticks and Canes

Like any manufacturing business, we sometimes have products that don’t quite make the quality cut and are thus deemed “seconds.” Often times these seconds are former show samples (or returns) that have been refurbished and are literally as good as new. Other times they’re left slightly dinged or scratched (or whatever), but still quite usable and trustworthy.

A couple of years ago we were looking for an outlet for these types of walking sticks and canes, and suddenly it hit us in the noggin like a 10-pound hickory log: Let’s sell them on our website … and let’s call them Brazos Bargains! So there you have it, Brazos Bargain Walking Sticks and Canes. Inside our Bargains section you’ll find our usual handcrafted, made-in-America quality, but at a fraction of the cost.

A few caveats: All Brazos Bargain items are suitable for typical use. Some Brazos Bargain items are in pristine condition, with no problems whatsoever; other items may have certain issues that we try to communicate via the item description or photographs. While we try to communicate all possible flaws in Brazos Bargain items via photographs and item descriptions, we can not guarantee that all flaws are enumerated in the item description or photographs.

And now on to the good stuff. Here are some examples of Bargain items currently for sale.

A pair of ash walking sticks (with some accessories added) for only $79 (plus free shipping in the continental United States):

A ridiculously discounted Padauk/Maple cane:

We’ve got something for everyone in our Bargains section, so get ’em while you can!