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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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*. ย 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.


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.


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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.


British Stickmaker Carves Out A Living

WHEN Bernard Darby disappears into his shed most mornings, his wife knows not to worry about him.

Inside the hut at the end of the garden, Mr Darby is deep in concentration carving walking sticks, working on each one for two or three days.

Read it all here.


Enjoy Your Hike With A Walking Stick!

Are you always searching for a good walking stick before your hike? Why not buy one that you will use over and over again. Brazos Walking Sticks has a wide variety of walking sticks to give you the look and design you want. Your hikes will be much improved with a new walking stick. Visit us today and get the walking stick that best suits you at Brazos Walking Sticks!


Dilbert & Walking Sticks

I actually found a Dilbert comic strip that mentions a walking stick. Beautiful.


Walking Sticks For Defense?

We get a few calls and emails every month where people are asking us about the efficacy of walking sticks for defense and survival. Honestly, when it comes to using hardwood for defense, we’re admittedly pretty naive. We don’t pretend to be fighters, and, truth be told, we don’t want to be. We value the Golden Rule, “Do as you would be done by” (as the Brits used to say it). So when we see a handcrafted walking stick, we think of a tool for step-by-step support, not for bonking someone on the head.

We are, however, sure that a walking stick — especially a nice stout one like a hickory — is an ideal “defense” against unfriendly animals. My wife and I live in a rural community, and we love to go for strolls through the neighborhood to watch the sun set over acres upon acres of green pasture. There’s always a danger, though, of vicious dogs (country people, for some reason, don’t like to lock their dogs up), so I always take a walking stick for protection. So far I haven’t had to use it, but my wife has indeed whacked a pit bull on the head once with a Brazos Walking Stick — the stick held up and the dog figured out who’s boss. (Now after all that, it’s time for a caveat: we don’t make walking sticks to serve as protection from animals. We make them to offer support while walking, but we’re very much aware of ancillary benefits.)

As far as a walking stick being used for survival, a good stick can most definitely be an essential tool in that regard. If by “survival,” one means warding off predators, a stick fits the bill. If by “survival,” one means a tool to help navigate tricky, unfriendly terrain, well then of course, that’s what walking sticks are designed for! The ideas are almost limitless: a support beam for a makeshift shelter, a probe, a bush-whacking tool, and even a pole to help keep your food cache out of harm’s way while you sleep. (By the way, Discovery has a useful Survival Zone are on their website, highlighting many survival tips.)

Now go forth, walk, and be happy.


Walking Sticks For Survival

We came across this interesting article on whether or not a walking stick should be part of someone’s survival gear.

Most of us donโ€™t think about including a walking stick in survival preparations. But for some, a sturdy walking stick should be a key component in any emergency gear.

Older people might need the stick to serve as a balancing tool. With training, the stick can be a formidable weapon. The stick can serve as one support for a tarp shelter. If you have to cross a stream, a wading staff can keep you from going into the water.

If you brainstorm a bit, there are literally dozens of uses for walking sticks when out on trails. Like Clint Eastwood said, “There’s nothing like a good piece of hickory.” ๐Ÿ™‚


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 Motherโ€™s Day, right along with those boxes of chocolate and beautiful roses. ๐Ÿ™‚

– 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 Ladiesโ€™ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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. ๐Ÿ™‚


Bamboo Blessing

We’d love to be able to give away our Iron Bamboo Walking Sticks like this guy, but we do have mouths to feed. ๐Ÿ™‚


Brazos Walking Sticks … Because

Because … we handcraft every single walking stick and walking cane we sell, right here in Central Texas.

Because … retailers know our reputation for quality, that’s why our walking sticks and canes are in numerous state and national parks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, and even in every Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Because … we care about Creation, choosing to responsibly work with renewable resources like wood, leather, and more.

Because … we value our customers, offering a simple 1-800 Number to contact a living, breathing human during business hours, and a constantly monitored email address for those in need of a fast, speedy response (info@brazossticks.com).

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Because … a handmade walking cane offers those who need it a sense of style, stability, wonder, and excitement — those attributes simply can’t be emulated with mass-produced metal products.

Because … handmade walking sticks provide stability, protection, and assurance for even the most leisurely neighborhood stroll.

Because … we stand behind all of our products, with a Lifetime Warranty.

Because … walking will help you live a longer, healthier life.

Because … you, the valued customer, know American quality when you feel it in your hands.


Diamond Willow Walking Stick

For years our customers have asked us to make Diamond Willow Walking Sticks. The problem has been securing a reliable supplier of the raw material. Well, it looks like all of our dreams have finally come true, and Brazos Walking Sticks officially has a Diamond Willow Walking Stick in its repertoire.


Custom Cane — Rossco Creative

A couple of years ago we made a custom walking cane for a sweet gal’s wedding day. The idea was to design a cane that two people could hold on to at the same time, symbolizing a couple growing old together, year by year.

Fast-forward to this morning. The aforementioned gal — Beverly Ross of Rossco Creative — emailed me a blog post about their special day (with our cane) almost two years ago.

Check ’em out. It’s amazing what you can do with wood, and it was such a great idea (hers!) for a special wedding keepsake.


Coupon Codes

We’ve got a couple of coupon codes for our walking sticks right now. For a couple of more days, you can get 10% off anything with MadeInUSA, and through the entire month of April you can get 25% off Free Form Walking Canes with the code FreeForm2012.