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.

© 2012 Brazos Walking Sticks

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!


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. 🙂 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! 🙂


Our Weather Prediction

Here’s our weather prediction for the next few days. Feel sorry for us. 🙂

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. 🙂

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: