Ouch! Not A Good Use Of A Stick

In 1856 Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts was beaten repeatedly with a metal-knobbed walking cane. The attacker — a South Carolina congressman named Preston Brooks — whacked Sumner into unconsciousness over the course of a “long minute,” and then calmly walked away. The motivation behind the attack was an anti-slavery senatorial address directed toward Brooks’ pro-slavery kinsman, Senator Andrew Butler of South Carolina.



After the beating Brooks was promptly censured by the House of Representatives, and, shortly thereafter, died at only 37. Sumner, on the other hand, recovered from the attack and served another 18 years in the Senate.

The infamous beating was certainly a low point in the pre-Civil War period of United States history. One lesson learned: no matter what raises your ire, the proper use of a Brazos Walking Stick — or any walking stick for that matter — is for walking support.

But let’s not forget, there are many other legitimate uses as well!


A Father & Son Hike

The following essay was written by a young man named Steven, the son of our marketing director. We hope it gives you a glimpse into one young man’s journey with his trusty walking stick.

One day, Dad, my brother Michael, and I decided to hike to the Bosque river, which flows about a mile from our house, to explore and exercise. We picked up our walking sticks and headed down the trail.

The first part of the way was a rarely used access road for a gas pipeline which led through a “cedar” juniper stand. Along we walked, sometimes talking, sometimes listening to the sounds of the country. About two-thirds of the way, the road crossed the underground pipeline and petered out a few yards further on. The cedar trees ended here too. We crossed a meadow between it and a hardwood grove. At the nearest edge of the grove stood a barbed wire fence and, just past it, a small ravine. We carefully stepped over the fence where a fallen tree had flattened it. Then, using our walking sticks to balance ourselves, we cautiously walked into a smaller side ravine and on into the larger one. We jumped the muddy creek that ran in its bottom and, leaning heavily on our sticks, struggled up the other side. On level ground again, we walked through the underbrush for a few hundred yards before reaching the river.

It flowed slowly, silently a few dozen feet below the bluff we stood on. While we looked and talked, a huge fish leaped out of the green water. To the left appeared to be a ramp leading to the river, so we tried to walk down using that. However, we soon found out that the ramp started several feet below the edge of the bluff. So we tried the going to the right. Sure enough, we found a wild pig trail that led down, mentally marked it, and turned around since Mom was expecting us back home soon.

We walked back to the ravine, went down the way we came, jumped the creek, and walked into the side ravine. The ravine’s wall was tall and steep, so Dad went up first, turned around and held out his stick for me to hold while clambering up. After I was up, he did the same for Michael. Back home we went, discussing more outdoor adventures.

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How To Size A Walking Stick

One question we get asked all of the time is, “How do you size a stick or cane?”

To be sure, sizing can be a subjective art form. What feels right for one person may feel horrible for another. However, with almost two decades of experience in making handcrafted, wooden walking sticks and canes, you can be sure that we have some opinions on the matter!

So, without further ado, here are our sizing suggestions for walking sticks:

– For small children and shorter adults, we generally recommend a 41-inch stick.

– For people who are shorter than 5’4″, we recommend a 48-inch stick.

– For people who are between 5’4″ and 5’11”, we recommend a 55-inch stick.

– For adults over 5’11”, we recommend a 58-inch stick.

For walking canes, our standard 37-inch size is a good starting place for most adults. (For taller folks, we offer 40-inch canes as well.)

Cane sizing is best achieved by standing up nice and straight, relaxing your arm naturally to the side, and having someone measure the distance from your wrist to the floor.

Again, let me reiterate, the sizing recommendations listed above are only suggestions. For people needing step-by-step support, it’s best to consult your doctor or another medical professional about your exact sizing needs.


Production Perfection

This is our production manager, Chuck, doing what he does best. Each one of our sticks is made meticulously by hand, and that’s what gives us our unique, one-of-a-kind look. For us, it’s a labor of love.

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All of our handcrafted walking sticks and canes are made right here in Texas by our own craftsmen. When you buy from Brazos Walking Sticks, you can rest assured that you’re buying a quality, made-in-the-USA product, backed by excellent customer service.


Quick Shot At Costco

This is a quick cell phone shot of our current roadshow at Costco:

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Want to see a Brazos Walking Sticks roadshow at your local Costco? Contact Costco member services at 1-800-774-2678 and tell them, “I want Brazos Walking Sticks at our store!” 🙂

Want to become a Brazos Walking Sticks retailer? Call 1-800-581-4352, or email info@brazossticks.com, to find out about wholesale information.


Become A Brazos Sticks Retailer!

Brazos Walking Sticks offers the widest selection in America of handcrafted walking sticks and canes, and, while no one keeps any official statistics on this stuff, it seems unlikely that there are any other manufacturers/distributors out there who match our volume for handcrafted, wooden walking sticks and canes.

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Whether you have a storefront, Internet shop, club, or organization, we have a package that’s right for you. See our wholesale page here, or give us a call at 1-800-581-4352 for more information, and don’t forget to ask about our free display stands (for some first-time orders) and free shipping (for orders over $300).


The Original Multi-Purpose Tool

With the widest selection of handcrafted walking sticks and walking canes in America — and probably in the world! — we’re sure to have something that would meet your needs and your budget.

Let’s go walking.


Photographers, Take Notice!

We’ve got a couple of hot new products that we’re really excited about — the Photographer’s Stick and the FitnessWalkers.

For this post, we want to take a few moments to talk about our Photographer’s Stick. The Photographer’s stick is really an innovative idea, especially for nature photographers who need to carry both a walking stick and a monopod. With the Photographer’s Stick, you’ve got both of those tools in one simple package.

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Our trusty Photographer’s Stick is incredibly versatile. But don’t just take our word for it, check out what photographer extraordinaire Kent Weakley says about our Photographer’s Stick:


Welcome To The New Brazos Walking Sticks

Our longtime customers have probably already noticed that we’ve changed a few things around here. We’ve updated the look of our website, added some new features, added new products, and now we’re working with a fully-integrated blog — and you’re talking to it right now!

About the new website in general, our goal is to continue to provide our customers with the widest and best selection of handcrafted, made-in-the-USA walking sticks and canes, and to continue our tradition of excellent customer service. We know that we only exist because of you, our customers, and we believe our new website gives us the tools to introduce new and innovative products, while allowing us to bring these products to you with ease and reliability.

The vision for our blog revolves around the idea that our customers are best served when they’re well-informed. On the blog we’ll feature new products, walking/hiking tips, exciting and relevant photographs, Brazos Walking Sticks news, and much more.

Like any good blog, our goal is to be interactive with our customers. If you have a question or want to say something, simply leave a comment and we’ll make sure to follow up. If you like something you read here, please feel free to Tweet it, post it on your Facebook page, or email it to friends. The beauty of new media lies in human connection, and that connection can be anything from simply learning something new, to receiving a handcrafted walking stick that could last a lifetime.

With the entire website (blog included), we aim to continually introduce new products and new features, and we believe that our best ideas often come from our customers. So if you have an idea or suggestion, please send us an email to info@brazossticks.com, or give us a call at 1-800-581-4352.

Welcome to the new Brazos Walking Sticks.