Consider U.S.-Made Walking Sticks As Holiday Gift That Could Mean The World To The Recipient

trekking polesCooler weather is the harbinger of the holidays and as such, it’s typically the seasonal cue that lets us know it’s time to start searching for gifts. Problem is, it often takes most of us a few weeks to find the perfect present.

Fortunately, for those who know about our hand-crafted walking sticks and hiking sticks, normal holiday shopping stresses are a thing of the past. For those who don’t know much about our American made hiking and walking sticks or just want to know more about what their gift recipient can expect from our products, we’ve broken down some of the key points below.

Our hiking sticks and trekking poles are handcrafted pieces that are individually made in the U.S.A. by skilled craftspeople. These products help avid hikers more easily conquer the slippery trails and large rocks before them. Those who plan on gifting hiking sticks or trekking poles can truly customize the gift for the recipient. Customization options for these premium products are endless, and give shoppers the opportunity to create hiking sticks that are as unique as their loved ones. You can select the style of cane, type of wood, medallions that are inserted into the handle and engravings. Since you have a say in every single element, you’ll end up with an owner-specific item that’s definitely a one-of-a-kind, meaningful gift.  Here’s just one example: you could order a“Backpacker” style trekking pole made from oak and bearing a U.S. Army veteran medallion, with the owner’s rank and date of service engraved into the length of the stick. It’s truly a gift that can’t be duplicated!

Another option is our twisted walnut Derby-style walking stick for women that is perfect for indoor and outdoor use. With our experts designing and constructing the walking stick, you can rest assured that you are providing the highest quality product on the market for your friend or loved one. Walking sticks make thoughtful holiday gifts that can be used every day to provide a little bit of extra convenience, stability and mobility for the recipient. Whether your friend or loved one is a retired police officer whose career took a toll on their body, or just someone who just needs extra assistance from time to time, our walking sticks make everything easier.

With the holiday season fast approaching, don’t let time slip by and the opportunity to order a custom hiking stick, walking stick, or even a cane pass right along with it. Rather, take time to peruse our selection and contact us so you can provide the best gift for your friend or loved one this holiday season.


How Do You Thank A Veteran? These Gift Ideas And Tips Show Right Way From Wrong

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How do you appropriately thank a veteran? It’s a question often pondered personally, but rarely posed to the veteran themselves. While most of those on the receiving end of such gratitude will often voice appreciation, there are many ways to recognize the sacrifices that servicemen and women have made to secure our way of life. From giving them useful gifts to volunteering at Veterans Day events to a simple “thank you” note sent in passing, we’ll explore the ways to show your appreciation that will undoubtedly resonate with the former military member in your life.

 

If  you want to give a gift that will quite literally go a long way, then you should consider the benefits of personalized walking sticks. That’s because these items are one of the best ways to ensure that a military veteran of any age can retain the mobility they need to carry out common tasks or take to more challenging geography. The reason why personalized walking sticks make such a great gift  for U.S. military veterans is due to the personalization options that the best manufacturers offer. That means you start with a wood blank and can pick a style that best suits your needs, be it a rustic design best suited for hiking or more common canes for day-to-day usage. The type of wood is also up to you, so personalized walking sticks can be made from hickory, bamboo, cedar and more. What we’re most proud of being able to offer our customers is the engraving process and medallion inserts. That means you can give the veteran in your life a walking stick with their name, rank and nickname and an accent that shows their branch of service, be it the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard. You can pick from a number of fonts that best represent the veteran recipient and can add additional medallion inserts that also show off the hobbies that they are interested in, for example. The fact that non-military medallions can be  inserted into personalized walking sticks means that these items make a great gift for anyone who would benefit from a form of assistance that’s bound to see regular use.

 

While gifts are one of the best ways to express gratitude, there are other options that will  help you get the point across. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are best practices when it comes to saying “thanks.” That’s because those who’ve served may feel uncomfortable accepting such gratitude, knowing  that others they served with never made it home to hear a simple “thank you.” According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, those who wish to express thanks can volunteer at veteran-centric events, donate to veterans groups, visit a veterans home or hospital during the holidays or send an e-card, email or letter that simply shows how thankful you are. Of course, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notes that there are other things you should never do when speaking with a veteran about their service, including asking them if they’ve ever hurt anyone.

 

Veterans Day in 2017 falls on Saturday, November 11. How you choose to thank the veteran in your life is up to you, but a heartfelt gesture or meaningful gift are likely to brighten anyone’s day – especially those who may need a little moral and physical support from time to time.


Thank Those Who Served with a Handmade Brazos Walking Stick

walking-stickThe military, police officers, and firefighters all risk their lives to keep us and our country safe. Give back to those who have served you and your country with a handmade Brazos walking stick. Difficulty walking and climbing stairs is the most common disability among disabled veterans. A walking stick improves balance and mobility for disabled and older veterans, while serving as a personal memento of their sacrifice and service. Read on to discover the benefits of Brazos walking sticks and canes for retired police officers, firefighters, and veterans.

Improve balance and mobility

As people age daily physical activities like walking become more difficult. This is especially true for veterans and retired police officers and firefighters, as they have endured a career of tough physical work. A cane or walking stick provides a walking aid that improves your balance and mobility. With a walking stick, walking becomes much easier, allowing retired veterans to remain active. Additionally, a walking stick forces you to move in an upright position and maintain good posture.

Handmade in the USA

Brazos walking sticks aren’t like your average walking stick. They exhibit the highest quality craftsmanship. Each Brazos walking cane and walking stick is individually crafted from the finest native and exotic woods, such as hickory, sassafras, iron bamboo, and sweet gum. All Brazos products are handcrafted by local artisan craftsmen in Central Texas, near the Brazos River. Most of the walking sticks are harvested in the nearby woods of Eastern Texas, Arkansas, Western Louisiana, and the high mountain deserts of New Mexico.

Customization

Customization with laser engraving is available for all Brazos walking sticks and canes. Personalizing a walking stick makes it uniquely yours. For instance, a walking stick can be laser engraved with a veteran’s name and military branch or a retired firefighter’s name and fire department. Accessories like a whistle or compass can also be added to further customize the walking stick.

Thank your loved ones for their service with a Brazos walking stick. The general benefits of walking sticks, combined with Brazos’s high-quality craftsmanship and customization, makes a walking stick or cane the perfect gift.


Can You Answer These Quiz Questions?

Get to know more about what we do at Brazos. See if you can answer these questions!
Answers are below.

  1. What was our top-selling stick last year?
  2. What was our top-selling cane last year?
  3. Which wood is the most popular?
  4. How many canes and sticks did we sell last year?
  5. What was the first walking stick Brazos ever produced?
  6. What is the tallest stick we ever made?
  7. What is our #1 selling accessory?

 

Brazos Walking Sticks handcrafted made in USA wood walking sticks and canes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers

  1. American Hardwood
  2. Natural Hardwood Root Cane
  3. Hickory
  4. 93,946
  5. Backpacker Oak Walking Stick
  6. 88 inches
  7. Engraving

 

 

 

 

 


Gain Stability for Yourself and Your Camera

Why does professional photographer, Kent Weakley, use a Brazos walking stick as part of his photography equipment?

A Brazos Photo Stick gives you the versatility of a walking stick and a monopod in one! The secret is that its top screws off to reveal a standard 1/4-20 tripod mount thread.

Here are four reasons it makes sense to carry one on your hikes:

  • Helps you keep your balance on uneven terrain. Some of your hikes to find that perfect shot may take you off the trail where you’ll encounter loose soil, rocks and sloping ground. Your Brazos Photo Stick will help you gain better traction – especially if you add a spike to the tip.
  • Creates a stable platform for your camera. If you’re off in the woods and want to photograph a bird or animal, you may be afraid of the dim conditions and your long zoom could produce a camera shake. Just pop the top of the photo stick, attach your DSLR, and you’re ready and steady for a great photo.
  • Lightens your load. Tripods are bulky. If you need to carry one in addition to your camera equipment and other supplies, your pack can get quickly overloaded. The Brazos Photo Stick, with its two-in-one versatility, can provide stability for both you and your camera without weighing you down.
  • Keeps you prepared to capture prize-winning shots at a moment’s notice. Some one-of-a kind photo opportunities can disappear in under a minute. Like that rare bird landing right in front of you or that buck staring at you through the trees. In the time it takes to pull a tripod out of your bag and set up your camera, they could be gone. With your photo stick already in hand, you can capture the photo much faster.

Need more reasons? Watch Kent’s video to learn more.

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Walking Sticks, Fly Fishing and Trout

Self Portrait PictureMy name is Jack Althoff. I was asked to be a guest blogger for Brazos this summer due to my love of the outdoors. I grew up in the city of Chicago, but spent most of my life looking for the best fishing spots outside the city, primarily on the many lakes of Wisconsin. I’m naturally inclined towards building and fixing things and have a great respect for Mother Nature. I was in the Marines when I was younger and take great pride in our country.

I love fly fishing new streams with my clumsy waders, three boxes of flies and 10’ rod. Rushing water requires some pretty good balance. Even with good balance, you rarely know what your next step is going to be. Everything is active and moving in a creek or river. Water depth changes quickly and often you have to navigate rocks and holes. Sometimes, sand and mud even get thrown into the mix.

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What I generally bring along to make navigating and balance a little easier and safer is a long walking stick with a tether that can connect to my wader clip. I have a couple aluminum ones, but the wooden types seem to be more functional. They float downstream behind me while I cast, and I generally know where it will be because the current keeps it to my leeward side. And while they are floating, there is no extra weight.  The aluminum ones also tend to bump the rocks as they drag along and I think that spooks the trout, especially on a sunny day.

For fishing, I’d recommend the Brazos 58-inch Twisted Oak Trekker Walking Stick in the lightest color possible (Natural). That way, if you lay it down on the shore, it will be easy to see. Longer sticks have more leverage in general and are more comfortable to carry

Here are a few other ways a long stick comes in handy for fishing and camping:

  1. Propping up a rain tarp
  2. Hanging up wet socks (or other things if you fall in)
  3. Knocking down dead sticks for firewood that are still up in a tree
  4. Catching your hat in the river, as it blows off your head and heads downstream
  5. Lashing a knife to the end to make an impromptu spear or fishing gig

Just a little advice for your next fly fishing adventure!

Any questions? Leave a comment!


Become A Brazos Walking Sticks Retailer

Brazos Walking Sticks are sold all over America, from small “mom and pop” storefronts to large retail sporting goods venues like Academy Sports + Outdoors. Our retail relationships are what allow us to be all over America with our handcrafted, Made In USA walking sticks and canes. We really appreciate all of our retailers!

Here’s a recent communication that went out to all of our retailers. If you own a business that you think would be a perfect fit as a Brazos Walking Sticks retail location, please give us a call at 1.800.581.4352, or email us at info@brazossticks.com.

Thank You for being a special part of the Brazos Walking Sticks family! As a valued retailer, we want to tell you that we appreciate all that you do. We also want you to know that we’re here for you, and we’d like you to meet your sales reps, Michael and Sherry Lane.

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The Lanes have been the cornerstone of our sales team for nearly 7 years. So whether you’re a new customer or have been selling our handcrafted walking sticks and canes for years, Michael and Sherry have the knowledge and expertise to help you succeed.

Give them a call or shoot them an email. With over 100 designs, styles, and wood choices, Brazos Walking Sticks has something for every retail location and customer demographic.


Why We Love The River

Our company’s namesake—Brazos Walking Sticks—is derived from our beloved river: the Brazos River.

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The Brazos River — Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Early Spanish explorers called our river Rio de los Brazos de Dios — The River of the Arms of God. Running through much of northern and central Texas, the river’s waters flow gently to the Gulf of Mexico, leaving several life-giving lakes in its wake.

Our founding parent company was called Brazos Oaks—a name referring to the majestic oak trees that line the river valley in central Texas. When the walking stick business was conceived—nearly two decades ago—the name Brazos Oaks Walking Sticks was adopted. Soon that moniker gave way to the more succinct Brazos Walking Sticks. Like the river itself, each name iteration flowed naturally from its source.

Like the Lone Star State in which it exists, the Brazos River is a symbol of peace, provision, and ingenuity. So walk proudly Brazos Stick owners: the handcrafted walking stick or cane you hold is created and buttressed by a great tradition—a tradition as timeless as the river it’s named after.


3 Reasons To Use A Walking Stick

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Children with Brazos Walking Sticks

1. Stability. Whether you’re trekking through arduous trails or simply walking down your favorite neighborhood street, a walking stick offers support and stability with every step. Three legs are always better than two!

2. Security. The mere presence of a walking stick can often times be enough to ward off an unsavory dog or other dubious creatures.

3. Style. We’ve got dozens upon dozens of styles and designs. When you walk or hike with one of our walking sticks, you’re the epitome of walking stick fashion. 🙂


Brazos Sticks, Now Featuring Leather Tags!

No matter the weather or time of year, a good, handcrafted, Made-In-USA walking stick is always a faithful companion … and quite the conversation starter as well!

Many of our faithful customers ask us for business cards to pass out when they’re on their trails, because people always want to know: “Where did you get that stick?!” Alas, we are now offering an easy way to refer people to Brazos Walking Sticks, so even strangers on the street can know where you buy your handcrafted walking sticks.

Over the next several months we’ll be integrating a stylish leather tag on all of our walking sticks. The tag features genuine leather and our iconic, easy-to-recognize logo. So next time someone asks you where you purchased your walking stick, proudly show them your Brazos Walking Stick leather tag!

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Many of our employees live an agrarian lifestyle here in beautiful Central Texas. Our neighbors are not only people, but cows, sheep, coyotes — all manner of animals you’d see in and around a farm.

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Rest assured, when you support Brazos Walking Sticks you’re supporting American families and American jobs … and a few cows.


Now With Free Shipping!

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In an effort to better serve our wonderful customers, we are now offering 100% free shipping on everything we sell. This isn’t pokey “super saver” shipping, but speedy UPS Ground shipping — completely and absolutely free.

Try it out now with our best-selling stick of all time (or any other stick or cane of your choice).

Enjoy!


“I Finally Found The Perfect Staff”

I am convinced that the quality of the product purchased [a Brazos Walking Stick] is a direct result of the people behind it.

I have no physical limitations and am a former athlete. After 12 years of searching for the perfect Walking Stick (strait as an arrow, tall, thick, and strong) and refusing all imitators, I finally found the perfect staff yesterday! Standing straight and proud in a Brazos Bin was a gorgeous 55″ Free Form Twisted Sweet Gum Staff fitting my hand perfectly.

Following my purchase and exiting the retail store, a woman entering said to me, “Now, that is a nice stick!”

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Thank you for your pursuit of excellence and meeting my need…

Stay Safe,

STEPHEN MORTENSEN
PROVIDENCE WORKING CANINES
www.providencek9.com


Brazos Sticks: Country Made

Most of us here at Brazos Walking Sticks enjoy the country life. We live out in the country. Work out in the country. Play out in the country. You name it — it’s just part of our cultural DNA. (The photo below was shot just a mile or so from our facility, by Ben Owen Photography.)

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Our roots in country life compliment and parallel our roots in fine craftsmanship. Whether we’re on our knees in our gardens, out tending to our livestock, or in our shops making walking sticks, it’s all part of a unique, fading piece of Americana — and it’s part of the American experience that we still cherish dearly.

So Brazos Walking Sticks are as American as apple pie. Our country boys make each piece by hand, careful to select only the finest materials. When you feel one of our walking sticks in your hand you’ll know what we mean when we talk about “the quality of American craftsmanship.”


“A Great Show Piece”

Getting complimentary emails and letters from customers never gets old. It’s nice to know that we make products that last for years, and can be handed down from generation to generation.

Several years ago at Christmas time a nephew of mine gave a gift to me: one of your great Brazos Walking Sticks (Hickory Twisted 58”). I have always been appreciative of all his choices, especially when it comes to gifts!

The stick has been a great show piece in my office where for the last 28 years since my retirement I have spent many hours each day. Having been twice a survivor of cancer since 2001, I often point out to guests and visitors my numerous walking canes and my favorite Brazos Walking Stick!

James Harper

Buy your own Twisted Hickory walking stick now!

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About Our Craftsmen

One of the most oft-asked questions we get is, “Who makes your walking sticks?”

The stick makers we employ have a few things in common: They’re all artisans, masters of wood. They all get their training and patterns from us at our main facility. They all work out of their own “cottage industry” shops, in most cases based right out of their homes. They all live within 1 to 20 miles of our facility in beautiful Central Texas.

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Many of our stick makers are homeschool dads supporting families of all sizes. Most of them have a deep faith and deep understanding of how their work matters, not only for daily provision, but for their wholeness as human beings.

To achieve The Feel of Nature, our walking stick makers put their hearts and souls into each piece. That’s why we guarantee our walking sticks for life. And that’s what we mean when we say we offer the Quality of American Craftsmanship.


From Texas To Egypt

We’re always talking about how Brazos Walking Sticks are Made In The USA. Or, as we like to say down here, “Handcrafted In Texas.”

Indeed, our humble, Texas-made walking sticks have been all over the world. A while back we had a photo contest where we asked our customers to send us photos of themselves using a Brazos Walking Stick. We got some interesting replies, but none more interesting than this one from the Pyramids of Egypt.

So … from Texas to Egypt. Quite a journey for a handmade walking stick.

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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.


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.

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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.


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!