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

 

 

 

 

 


Some Ideas On Laser Engraving Walking Sticks

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A laser engraved walking cane shaft.

Laser Engraving is, by far, our most popular accessory. We engrave on the wood itself, and thanks to the laser technology that we utilize, there’s virtually no limit to what can be done.

– Logos? No problem.
– Custom text? Absolutely.
– Dates and Names? Super easy.

So when you choose to laser engrave one of our sticks, choose creatively. We can typically handle most requests.

To choose laser engraving for your walking stick or walking cane, simply hit the “laser engraving” button on the stick’s product page.


Why We Offer Free Shipping

Brazos Walking Sticks offers free shipping in the continental USA for all of our walking sticks and walking canes. It’s not just free pokey shipping, it’s free UPS ground shipping!

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Simply put, Free Shipping has always been about our customers. We realize that in these challenging economic times, a simple gesture like Free Shipping can really go along way with cash-strapped customers.

So that’s its. Consider Free Shipping is our way of saying “Thank You!” for supporting us as we strive to provide American-crafted walking sticks and canes to all those who may need a walking aid!


Free Cane Sizing

We offer free cane sizing. Simply let us know, in the comments section of checkout, what length you would like us to size your cane to. We can not size up, but we can size virtually anything down with no problem.

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Half Cane. Half Stick. All Awesome.

For years we had customers asking for a walking stick that could also serve as a walking cane, a sort of dual purpose type thing. So a couple of years ago we created the Dual Purpose Staff!

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This walking cane is really a walking stick … or is it a walking stick that is really a walking cane? Not sure. But, but it really comes in handy for those who like the step by step support of a cane with the versatility of a walking stick. It also comes in handy for those who need a wee bit of help getting up from a sitting position.

The staff is crafted from oak and is both surprisingly lightweight and extremely strong.

Go buy yours now! Like all of our products, they make fantastic gifts and they are completely Made In USA!


Moo

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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


All About Spikes!

If you’d like to accessorize your walking stick, Brazos Walking Sticks gives you plenty of options. We offer everything from custom laser engraving to Texas State Seals.

As far as ferrules go, we have a plethora of options to choose from. All of our sticks come with a standard rubber ferrule; this rubber tip provides sure “footing” for just about any environment. We do, however, offer three types of ferrules that both ardent hikers and enthusiasts would be interested in:

The Lee Valley Spike

This spike is out top-of-the-line model. It boasts a brass construction with a removable spike and rubber tip.

The Combination Spike

This spike is our most popular spike accessory. At $12 it’s affordable and highly functional. If you’re out trekking in the forest somewhere, just pull the rubber tip off and the spiked end will dig into the ground for secure hiking and positioning. Ready to go back onto pavement? Just slide the rubber tip back on and you’re ready to go!

The Spike Ferrule

This spike is for serious hikers! With a fine point spike, it’ll be your trusty companion through miles of rough terrain.

If you’re interested in accessorizing your stick, simply choose “Buy Now” from the particular stick’s page on our website. After you click Buy Now, a list of accessory options for your stick will appear.

Last but certainly not least, we’d like to introduce our brand new Brazos Brass Spike. Like the name suggests, it’s got an all-brass construction and comes with a versatile, strong rubber ferrule. The rubber tip pops off to reveal a brass spike that’s perfect for your “off road” needs.

Brazos Brass Spike

Brazos Brass Spike

An Oft Asked Question …

… How do you size a walking stick or walking cane?


25% Off For Mom

A handcrafted walking cane or walking stick is an ideal gift for Mother’s Day, right along with those boxes of chocolate and beautiful roses. 🙂

– For the health-conscious mom, a couple of Fitness Walkers would be an ideal choice.
– Is mom a serious hiker? Try a Twisted Sassafras Walking Stick or a Twisted Ash Hitchhiker, along with a versatile combination spike.
– Does mom need a little step-by-step support, try any of our fashionable Ladies’ Walking Canes.

For more suggestions, give us a call or email info@brazossticks.com. We even offer custom laser engraving, so you can engrave a special message for your mom right on her walking stick.

From now until Mother’s Day, get 25% off of Ladies’ Walking Canes. Use Coupon Code: MOTHER


Confidence

After my days at Baylor as a photojournalism student I used to shoot a “man on the street” piece for my local newspaper. It was an entry level, out-of-college gig that paid slightly better than flipping burgers. The idea was you go up to a person, ask them a question and then take their photo for the paper.

I recall one of the questions I had to ask one week was, “Do you feel confident shopping on the Internet?” This was back in 2000, when online shopping was still in its infancy (if I’m remembering correctly, back then Amazon.com hadn’t even turned a profit yet). Long story short, most people I asked said no. My how things have changed.

These days online shopping brings in billions upon billions of dollars every year, and with so many reputable companies to buy from, consumers can be more choosy (i.e., safe) in where they put their cyber dollars. Some choose to stay with the big dogs, and Amazon.com is never a bad choice when it comes to safety and customer service. On the other hand, buyers can often save a bundle of cash by dealing directly with a manufacturer via their retail website.

Here are a few tips to know you’re on a site you can trust:

– Online reputation. Do a Google search and look for customer reviews
– Look for signs of credibility within the site itself (e.g., does the site offer Bizrate reviews? Google Checkout? Amazon Payments?)
– Does the site have a clearly articulated refund policy?
– Does the site offer a 1-800 number that goes directly to a human being (at least during business hours)?

The World Wide Web, as a virtual frontier, is a boon for both retailers and consumers. Just remember, be safe and shop safe. 🙂


Think Handmade For Mother’s Day

Buying a handcrafted walking stick for mom (or a cane if she needs one), might be the perfect way for you to express your individual creativity this Mother’s Day. Think about it. 🙂