Practical Applications Of Customizable Canes, Walking Sticks Offers Life-Time Investment

Some purchases are motivated by mere impulse, while others are a downright necessity. You’ll know the difference between the two when one gathers dust on the shelf and the other sees daily usage. People of any age who are looking for a little added mobility to make day-to-day tasks just a little bit easier should see canes and walking sticks as an undoubtedly wise investment. Many may erroneously think that they can get by just fine without the assistance of these walking aids. To those people, we’d encourage you to ask anyone who has purchased a walking stick or cane to ask the owners about how it has improved their lives. That’s because these aids make movement so much easier.

Think about it this way: You want to retain your independence and freedom of movement, but your body isn’t always willing to cooperate. Why not invest in a cane or walking stick to give you a little something to lean on while walking around the house, hiking through the woods or traversing the aisles of your favorite store? When you think about the practical applications, there’s no question that purchasing one of these tools is going to make your life all the more easier and pleasant.

What’s more, canes and walking sticks from companies such as Brazos Walking Sticks can be customized to fit the owner’s preference. The hiking aids, which are all individually hand-crafted and made in the U.S., come in varieties for both men and women. Finding the style you want is easy, as these products fall into the categories of “craftsman,” “rustic” walking sticks and canes – all offering unique designs with plenty of personality. Better yet, you can choose from a wide variety of woods, such as oak, hickory, walnut or more – from which your personal cane can be crafted. However, many cane and walking stick owners feel that the true selling point is the personalization of their tool. Proud members of the U.S. armed forces can have their name, military branch and dates served laser-engraved into their cane. Those who simply want to personalize their cane or walking stick can do so by having their name carved into the walking aid. Other medallions or practical tools, such as a thermometer, can also be inserted into your walking stick to further make your hiking aid truly yours. For indoor and outdoor needs, owners can also order a “spike” for their walking stick or a rubber cap to ensure safer usage outside or indoors, respectively.

Whether you think it’s time to invest in a hiking stick for yourself or you’re researching canes as a purchase for a loved one, the customization makes either choice a one-of-a-kind piece of functional artwork. Add to this the fact that the proud owner of a new cane or walking stick will have an easier time getting around — and feel safer in the process — and it simply makes sense to opt for this investment.


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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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.


Anatomy Of A Spike Tip

For serious hikers — or those aspiring to be serious hikers — we offer a versatile, strong, and robust spike tip option called the Lee Valley Spike. This spike tip has been a popular choice on all of our walking sticks, and even a few walking cane users have found the Lee Valley Spike to be beneficial.

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Several years ago our friends at Lee Valley Tools collaborated with us to develop this spike tip, and it’s been one of our best selling spike options ever since.

This tip features a virtually indestructible brass design that is screwed in to the bottom of your shaft, for a strong, secure fit. The rubber tip and steel spike unscrew and are interchangeable.

At $26, this spike option is great for those wanting a long term solution with replaceable parts and a pristine design.

Lee Valley Tip


How To Make Your Own Walking Stick

… In 10 Easy Steps

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Handcrafting a walking stick.

This is a “mail bag” question that we get all the time. The good news is, to make a basic walking stick by hand is not really a big deal. A monkey could do it.

What you’ll need:

– 80 grit sandpaper
– 220 grit sandpaper
– A small saw
Lacquer
Rubber ferrule

As far as crafting the walking stick, here’s the most simple and direct method:

1) First off you’ll want to pick a nice piece of wood, preferably a straight sapling that’s roughly 1.2″ in diameter at the grip.

2) Cut the sapling to your preferred size. At this point, you should also cut off any twigs and protrusions.

3) Set the sapling aside for several months to make sure it’s nice and dry. If you live in a hot climate, the sapling will dry out a lot faster. (If you’re working with “wet” wood, there’s a chance that the stick will bow at some point, especially if it’s leaned against a wall.) If you happen to have access to a kiln, you can dry the sapling much faster.

4) If the bark is flaky or too thick, use the more coarse 80 grit sandpaper to gently sand the shaft by hand, working in an up and down motion.

5) Use 80 grit sandpaper to shape the top of the walking stick. If you’re going for the graceful, Brazos-Walking-Sticks-esque look, you’ll need to put quite a bit of work into this part in order to get it nice and rounded. 🙂

6) After the walking stick is sanded with 80 grit, finish it off with 220 grit. The 220 is a finer sandpaper and will give the stick a nice, finished, smooth feel.

7) At this point, clean the walking stick, making sure that all of the dust from the sanding process is removed. You can use a damp cloth, but make sure the walking stick is completely dry before proceeding to the next step.

8) Gently spray the walking stick with a clear lacquer. You can buy a can of clear lacquer at any hardware store. When spraying lacquer, the key is to give it a nice, smooth, sweeping motion, while not staying stuck on any one area (or else the lacquer will build up in that one area).

9) OPTIONAL: Drill a 3/8″ hole approximately 4″ from the top of the stick. Insert a leather strap or string.

10) Insert your rubber ferrule on the end of your walking stick and then enjoy your creation!

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A Handcrafted Hickory Brazos Walking Stick

Just don’t try and sell more of these than we do. 🙂


Walking Stick For Wounded Warrior

A few weeks ago we received an email from a customer with a couple of photos of one of our walking sticks being used by a wounded warrior.

With the customer’s permission, we opted to showcase these photos on our Facebook page and here on our blog. The beautiful thing about this story is the generosity of our customer, who donated the stick to the wounded warrior and then promptly snapped the photos.

We appreciate and encourage this type of feedback, as it’s always a good thing to see our handcrafted, Made In USA walking sticks and canes being used, shared, and relied upon. That’s why we do what we do.

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“A+, I Love This Cane”

A+, we love this review!

One of our faithful customers took a few minutes to make this gracious review of our Root Cane.

He even highlighted our tags, which provide information about the wood, and even give a brief stick maker bio and photo on the back.

We make a point to communicate with customers so that they can make an informed choice when buying their handcrafted, American-made walking stick or walking cane. We take our work very seriously, and thoroughly appreciate all of the feedback we get.


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!


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. 🙂


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!


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.


Our Craftsmen: American Masters Of Wood

Our walking stick makers are all masters of wood, and the Made-In-USA products they create for us are all created one a time — with passionate craftsmanship. Take a minute, watch this short video, and learn more about our craftsmen and the one-of-a-kind walking sticks and canes they create.


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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