Ironwood: Tough With Character

If you’re thinking of a walking stick with a lot of character, The Freeform Ironwood Walking Stick is probably your best bet. Ironwood (American Hornbeam is the flavor we use) is tough as nails and the character and “movement” of the stick makes it unique among its wooden brothers.

As beautiful as ironwood is, the downside of an ironwood walking stick is its relative heft. While not as dense as hickory, ironwood does have a robustness to it that some might characterize as on the heavier side. So petite gals might want to shy away from it. 😉

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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.


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