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:


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


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.


Benefits Of Walking

Walking is the most fundamental mode of human transportation, and has always been the basic way human beings get their exercise needs met. A website called Health Center has recently put together some of the essential ideas behind the health benefits of walking, and we thought it would be appropriate to share some of those with our faithful readers. After all, we are the premiere walking stick and walking cane company in America! 🙂

Seniors enjoying the health benefits of walking

First of all, walking is good for your heart:

“In a study conducted by Duke University Medical Center recently found that walking 30 minutes a day can reduce the metabolic syndrome, which is one cause of the high risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. As many as 24 million women in the U.S. suffer from metabolic syndrome. Meanwhile, a study in England said that walking half an hour a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 11%, especially for women.”

Furthermore, walking helps you sleep more soundly and helps reduce certain risks:

“National Sleep Foundation says that walking fast in the afternoon will make sleep more soundly. … However, avoid walking two hours before bed.”

Walking helps you get slimmer, helps reduce bone loss, and many symptoms of aging. Click here for the complete list.

Brazos Walking Sticks is committed to helping you reach and maintain your fitness goals. With products like our FitnessWalker™, to bargain products, to collectors items—we’ve got something for everyone.


Dealing With Dogs

We frequently get calls from customers looking for a walking stick or walking cane to help keep them safe on trails and in neighborhood streets. Most concerns revolve around four-legged creatures, the kind with sharp teeth and surly dispositions.

My family and I live out in the country, and if there’s one constant to country life, it’s the fact that there will be loose dogs running around—and typically there are no dog-catchers to corral the fierce canids. Therefore, if we want to enjoy leisurely strolls through rolling Texas countrysides, we need to be constantly aware of potential threats from not-so-well-meaning pooches.

Enter the walking stick. One customer I spoke to assured me that dogs actually notice a human with a walking stick, and often times choose not to harass someone who’s carrying around something that could potentially bonk their doggie heads. While I’m not sure that dogs are that smart, a walking stick at least gives you a sense of well-being as a last line of protection between you and a ferocious mouth full of teeth.

Walk Safely With a Brazos Walking Stick

Now on to the customary caveat: We do not design walking sticks to protect people from animals. Quite simply, they’re designed to provide support and balance while walking. (However, we’re not naïve to the fact that walking sticks do indeed offer a number of ancillary benefits.)

With all that said, here are a few practical tips to help you steer clear of dog bites:

– Stay away from dogs. 🙂 Is this one too obvious? If you know a grouchy mutt lives down a certain street, don’t go down that street!
– Be confident and act confidently by staying calm and not being afraid.
– Of course, a walking stick can help!

The famous dog trainer Cesar Millan has a few poignant thoughts on this subject:

“Often, I use a walking stick, an umbrella, or anything I happen to be carrying and place it out in front of me, so I make myself appear bigger and feel more in command of my space.  What I am saying with my body language is, I don’t want the dog’s space; I don’t want that tree over there, I just want this space that I am standing in. Again, I am maintaining a very calm and assertive state. That energy creates a barrier that automatically demands his respect. I’m letting him know that I’m not afraid of him.”

With hundreds of styles and designs to choose from, Brazos Walking Sticks certainly has a walking stick or walking cane to meet your needs. We’ve got sticks for bargain hunters, collectors, and everyone in between!


Gear Review: Brazos Walking Sticks

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by Dan Crane

Everyone needs something or someone to lean on for support once in a while. Backcountry explorers are no different, whether it is a pair of telescoping hiking poles or simply a thick stick picked up along the trail. A pole or stick can assist with a wide range of backcountry situations from crossing a beaver dam to descending a mountain. This extra support becomes even more important as one gets older when the knee and hip joints need relief from the stress caused from hours of hiking over arduous terrain. See rest of article here.