Photographer’s Walking Stick Featured

Imaging Resource featured our versatile Photographer’s Walking Stick yesterday. 🙂


Walking With A Walking Stick

Solid wood walking sticks are a great way to attain extra mobility by offering you a firm-footed “third leg” that’s ideal for virtually any terrain. What’s more, walking with two poles (walking sticks) can provide even more stability and other health-related benefits like upper body exercise and light strength-building. Whether you’re trekking on arduous paths, trails, and other challenging terrain, or simply casually strolling through your neighborhood or local park, a stable walking stick or cane is invaluable.

Walking With a Single Walking Stick

One walking stick will give you much-needed stability in just about any situation. While hiking, a single staff is essential to negotiate loose gravel and dirt, streams, and dense forests. While casually strolling through neighborhoods or parks, a single stick will give you a little extra assurance with each step while relieving stress on joints and muscles.

Fitness Walking/Walking for Health

Using two walking sticks (“fitness poles”) simultaneously is quickly becoming a popular exercise. Two sticks allow you to utilize your entire upper body, doubling the exercise benefit of walking alone.

Hiking Staffs and Trekking Poles

Using two walking sticks on trails can be beneficial. As with casual walking, with two poles, using two sticks or poles provides extra stability and takes pressure off of often-overworked joints. In many cases, two sticks is better than one!

Walking With Walking Sticks

Our handcrafted, made-in-the-USA walking sticks are designed to be perfect companions for whatever your walking or hiking needs may be. At the most basic level, any of our sticks can simply be picked up, taken on a stroll, and used intuitively.

Now for a more in-depth look: Most of our sticks are designed to be gripped just below the leather strap, in an area we refer to as the “grip area.” The grip area should allow for a positive, stress-relieving angle as your arm, wrist, and hand interact with the stick. For convenience and ease, our walking sticks offer handy leather straps that come standard with each walking stick we make. The leather straps help relieve stress on your hand and help keep your hand on the grip area.

Actually sizing a walking stick is often a matter of personal choice, but we do offer recommendations: 41 inches for children and short adults; 48 inches for adults up to 5’4”; 55 inches for adults between 5’4” and 5’11”; and 58 inches for adults taller than 5’11”. Please note that those are only recommendations.

All of our walking sticks are single-length sticks. Single-length sticks are advantageous because there are no moving parts (so they’re not susceptible to mechanical failure), and there’s no need to adjust length once the stick is properly sized. For travelers we offer beautiful nylon cases (featuring our embroidered logo), and logo-free, handcrafted premium leather bags.

Ferrules and Tips

Our standard tip is a quality rubber ferrule that’s reinforced with a metal washer. For added benefits, choose from our three other tip options:

The Lee Valley Spike: This spike is our 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.
Conclusion

Using our walking sticks is really an intuitive endeavor. We strive to provide the highest quality handcrafted products, and we hope you’ll cherish your staff for years to come. With proper sizing and wood choice, your stick (or sticks) will offer a lifetime of enjoyable use.

Please feel free to email inquiries to info@brazossticks.com. Or call toll free 800-581-4352 with any questions.


A Huge Load Of Walking Sticks

Yesterday we loaded two 18-wheelers full of our walking sticks and walking canes. In a few short days those sticks will be all over America!

Loading 'em, one at a time

Walking Sticks: A Dog Product

We received an email this morning, someone asking us if we sell dog-related products. While dogs and walking sticks may not seem to go together, there is most certainly a connection.

At a basic level, a walking stick can be a visual deterrent for unruly canines. Dig deeper though (no pun intended, I don’t think), and a walking stick can add an extension to your arm for light correction, and, of course, for added support while walking your pooch.

The magazine Paw Prints has featured Brazos Walking Sticks a couple of times, praising our sticks for their versatility and utility.

A screen capture from Paw Prints

So the short answer is: Yes, we do sell dog-related products. 🙂


Walking Canes and Walking Sticks: Essential Human Creativity

This is the third installment in a series on the history, function, and uses of walking canes and walking sticks.

© 2012 Brazos Walking Sticks

In essence, as a created being, man seeks to to partake in his own divinely inspired sense of personal and corporate creativity — and wooden walking sticks and walking canes offer an outlet for unparalleled artistic creativity.

Like all crafts of human creation, the potential for walking cane design is only hampered by the limit of the artisan’s creative instincts. In other words, the “limit,” when taken as a whole, within the context of a corporate human reality, is fundamentally not a limit at all, but rather an outpouring of innovation, dexterity, and passionate craftsmanship.

The process of creativity

The “essential” side of human creativity — as witnessed in handcrafted artistry — is a deep-seated force, a God-given drive, that compels men and women to explore, to endeavor, to create. In the world of walking sticks, walking canes, hiking staffs, trekking poles, et al, the intrinsic need to create is most fully realized with one simple material: wood. Only wood allows for a seemingly endless variety of natural color, grain, feel, texture, and density.


Perfect For Gardeners

An often-overlooked jewel is our Gardener’s Yard Stick. It’s a 52-inch staff that doubles as a walking aid and a handy gardening tool. Like all of our walking sticks and walking canes, this walking stick was conceived and created by Brazos Walking Sticks.

The Gardener’s Yard Stick, 52 inches, is truly one-of-a-kind: doubling as an invaluable gardener’s tool, and a sturdy walking aid. This useful staff is fashioned from sturdy oak or ash, making it strong and highly durable. Each Gardener’s Yard Stick is outfitted with a strong metal tip that provides a firm, secure grip while trekking through your yard or garden. The tip is also perfect for marking plant locations in the garden or flower bed. Additionally, the Gardener’s Yard Stick comes with a handy 36-inch ruler printed on the side of the shaft — perfect for precision placement of plants in your garden.

After each piece of ash or oak is carefully chosen, prepared, cut, and sanded, each staff is stained a beautiful tan, magnifying the wood’s natural grain pattern. Finally, every stick is sprayed with a protective clear coat lacquer. The result is a smooth finish that highlights the wood’s intrinsic beauty. The finished staff is a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted walking stick that is both sturdy and attractive. Like all of our finely crafted walking sticks and canes, the Gardener’s Yard Stick is made in the USA by our skilled craftsmen using the highest quality wood and time-tested methods.

Buy it online now for only $55.


Walking Canes and Walking Sticks: Basic Human Need

This is the second installment in a series on the history, function, and uses of walking canes and walking sticks.

© 2012 Brazos Walking Sticks

The basic need of every human being is physical survival. There’s no doubt that our forerunners used sticks to help in their pursuit of essential human survival: from stoking a fire, to navigating treacherous terrain, to fending off wild animals, sticks have been part and parcel to human existence.

These days — in modern society at least — walking sticks aren’t necessary to aid in basic survival, but, without doubt, the echo of ancient utility reverberates to our present day: it’s heard — and sensed — when we intuitively pick up a stick when we need to navigate some tricky terrain; or when our intrinsic need for support (perhaps from injury) compels us to reach for something that can easily serve as an extra appendage; or when our visceral impulse for protection from animals leads us to reach for a felled limb while walking through otherwise innocuous neighborhoods.

Only in the past few decades has this basic impulse — the basic human need — moved from the instinctual idea of using saplings or tree limbs, to using non-holistic, man-made metal rods. While there may be some utility to the latter approach, the former has been humanity’s support-answer for nearly all of its existence. Furthermore, wooden walking sticks and walking canes offer a flexibility in handcrafted design that other materials can not emulate, yet another reason for wood’s popularity among those in need of a walking aid.


Walking Canes and Walking Sticks: An Introduction

This is the first installment in a series on the history, function, and uses of walking canes and walking sticks.

© 2012 Brazos Walking Sticks

For centuries walking canes and walking sticks have been utilized by human beings the world over. Since the beginning of recorded history, every culture, society, nation and people group has used wooden staffs for support, stability, protection, fashion … and so much more. It’s not hyperbolic to say that a wooden walking stick or a walking cane is perhaps the most natural extension a human being can employ, because, without even thinking about it, we instinctively pick up a stick when we need support.

Wooden walking canes and walking sticks are universal: from the humble shepherd to the elegant, aristocratic gentleman, a staff — whether stylish or utilitarian — is something human beings have reached for, and will continue to reach for, for centuries. Aside from clothing itself, no other material object has been so widely accepted, used, and trusted as walking sticks and walking canes.


A Popular Walking Stick Accessory

Next to compasses, thermometers are our most popular walking stick accessory.


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.


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.


Custom Curtain Rod

We made this custom piece for a customer for only $210. It’s an ebony, cholla cactus, bubinga, and elk antler curtain rod. The inspiration for this rod came from one of our Collectors Walking Canes, and, with a little input from the customer, our master craftsman made it happen. Contact us for your custom job quote today.

Custom Curtain Rod
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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.


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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!


New Sectional Walking Stick…so Easy to Travel With

Check out Brazos Walking Sticks new beautiful wood Travelers Stick (TM), which breaks into sections, in seconds, from a full 55 inches to a compact 19 inches. Traveling by airplane, in a small car or on a bike with one’s favorite, full-size, handcrafted walking staff has been practically impossible, until now. Travelers, geocachers, RVers, scouts, outdoorsmen, outdoorswomen, campers, backpackers, hikers and safari travelers now have a choice over cold metal and brittle plastic.

Travelers Stick being Assembled
Travelers Stick being Assembled

The new Travelers Stick offers the same quality, stability and utility of a one-piece stick, yet unscrews into three equal parts for easy transportation. Unassembled, this sectional walking stick will fit easily into an airplane’s overhead bin, in a backpack, strapped to a bike, or in the trunk of a car. With its small and discreet size, this staff can be taken virtually anywhere.


Choosing The Right Spike Option

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 $13 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.

Enjoy your new accessory!


Behold: Travelers Walking Stick

The Travelers Stick is one of our hot new items, and it seems like the more we get the word out about this stick, the more our demand for it increases! For years we had folks approach us about making a stick that breaks down for easy travel. We had been apprehensive about such a design, because we weren’t sold on the idea that a stick made in a such a way could be as sturdy as one of our standard walking sticks. Well, after much trial and error, a few months ago we came up with the design that is now our beloved Travelers Stick — and by all indications this is the stick our customers have been waiting for us to make!

The possibilities seem endless: throw this broken down staff in your backpack, in an overhead bin on an airplane, in your back seat, strapped to your dog’s back — you name it!

With this classic wooden walking stick, you get the same lifetime guarantee that’s indicative of all of our handcrafted walking sticks and walking canes, and you get the well-being that comes with owning and using a quality, handcrafted staff that’s perfect for exercise, or for fitness, or for recreation … or whatever!

It’s looking like this walking stick is the next big thing for Brazos Walking Sticks, so hop on the trail with The Feel of Nature™.


Bargain Hunters & Collectors, We’ve Got Something For You!

It’s no secret that Brazos Walking Sticks has the widest selection of handcrafted, Made In USA walking sticks and walking canes. Compare apples to apples by looking at the quality of our products and compare it to the quality of anyone else out there. Better yet, feel one our sticks in your hands and you’ll certainly agree — a Brazos Walking Stick is something special. With years upon years of woodworking experience, we’ve established proven patterns for our craftsmen that allow them to exercise their individual creativity while still making beautiful walking sticks with just a touch of necessary uniformity — and that’s what makes us unique!

While other stick companies may specialize in importing metal canes from foreign lands, we prefer to use renewable woods that are indigineous to the United States (and exotics as well!), and we handcraft each one using the finest tools and time-tested methods. The results speak for themselves: stunning creations that go beyond mere utility, into the realm of practical, functional art. As the saying goes, don’t just take our word for it. See what one faithful customer recently emailed us:

As a former trial attorney, I used to drive a large black Mercedes Benz S500. Not only is a Mercedes a very nice car, but I especially enjoyed the fine craftsmanship that went into the interior, especially the woodwork on the dash. … I feel the same sort of excitement when I receive a new Brazos stick. In my opinion, the craftsmanship and artistry of your products is on par with that of a Mercedes.

Sometimes we have sticks that just don’t quite make the cut. They’re still handcrafted; they’re still made with renewable wood; and they’re still a Brazos Walking Stick … but they’re not quite there, if you know what we mean. For these sticks we have a special spot on our website called Brazos Bargains.

These bargain sticks are typically 30 to 50 percent off retail — or more! Some of them are refurbished and pristine, with not flaws whatsoever, and others have obvious issues that we try our best to communicate through item descriptions and photographs. Since these walking sticks and walking canes are so heavily discounted, we can’t offer our typical lifetime guarantee, but be assured that you’re still buying The Feel of Nature™!

On the other end of the spectrum are gorgeous Collectors walking sticks and walking canes that are literally one-of-a-kind. What we mean by that is our most skilled master craftsman only makes one of each stick, so once a stick has sold it’s gone forever! We guarantee these canes and sticks for life, and we’re certain you’ll agree that they are the finest walking canes money can buy. Their beauty is simply unparalleled.

So there you have it: bargain to collector. Whatever your fancy, we’ve got something for you!