Authentic Tobacco Stick - A Piece of American History

Authentic Tobacco Stick - A Piece of American History

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What is a Brazos™ Tobacco Stick?

Our walking sticks are made from authentic tobacco sticks that were originally used to dry green tobacco leaves. After harvest, the leaves were draped over the sticks and suspended inside huge barns, allowing the leaves to air dry until ready to transport to the nearest processing plant. They are made from a variety of native domestic hardwoods, including poplar, sycamore, sassafras, and others. Our current source is located in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia. They have been stored in a century old chestnut barn that is part of a fourth generation tobacco farm. Most of these sticks were used in the early to mid-1900’s. Some are even hand split, or “rived” sticks. We sand and shape just enough to make the stick functional, and we try to preserve as much of the character and vintage look as possible. No two sticks are alike. For a limited time, each stick will also feature an extra wide full grain leather strap.

Important Details

Standard length is 55 inches long, if you would like it shorter, please specificities in the order comments at check-out and we will size it down for free.

We cannot guarantee which species the stick will be, but we do guarantee it to be strong. 

We do not recommend nor intend to promote smoking or tobacco use. These staffs and canes are unique pieces of American history and we think they deserve to live on. 

We do not recommend any of our spike tips with this product, included is our premium rubber ferrule.

The Story Behind Our Tobacco Sticks

Several years ago, a friend introduced me to an interesting idea….making a walking stick out of a piece of wood that was once used to dry tobacco leaves. He located a source of these “tobacco sticks” and was willing to sell some of them to us. We bought several and made some nice walking sticks. After a few years, the source dried up and we ran out of stock. Fast forward to 2018. One day, while on a trip visiting friends in southwest Virginia, I met a local fellow by the name of Ike Johnson. Turns out, Ike is a fourth generation tobacco farmer. Even though he stopped raising tobacco years ago, he had a nice stash of really old sticks that he had stored in his barn. Turns out, he had more than just pile of old sticks, he had a story to go with it. Please watch the short video below to hear Ike’s story. 

To be sure, determining the right size walking stick or can be a subjective art form. What feels right for one person may feel horrible for another. However, with almost two decades of experience in making handcrafted, wooden walking sticks and canes, you can be sure that we have some opinions on the matter!

Walking Sticks

  • For small children and shorter adults, we generally recommend a 41-inch stick.
  • For people who are shorter than 5’4″, we recommend a 48-inch stick.
  • For people who are between 5’4″ and 5’11”, we recommend a 55-inch stick.
  • For adults over 5’11”, we recommend a 58-inch stick.

Walking Canes

  • For people who are shorter than 5’4″, we recommend a our lighter 34-inch canes
  • For people who are between 5’4″ and 6’, we recommend our standard 37-inch canes as the best starting point.
  • For adults over 6’, we offer 40-inch canes.

Cane sizing is best achieved by standing up nice and straight, relaxing your arm naturally to the side, and having someone measure the distance from your wrist to the floor.

Again, let me reiterate, the sizing recommendations listed above are only suggestions. For people needing step-by-step support, it’s best to consult your doctor or another medical professional about your exact sizing needs.

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  • 5
    Tobacco Stick Walking Staff

    Posted by Bradley on 18th Nov 2019

    The walking stick if very sturdy & comfortable in the hand. I am very glad I made the purchase & am sure I will be ordering again from this company. Shipping was quick & the quality all around is great.

  • 5
    Tobacco Stick

    Posted by John on 6th Jun 2019

    Very nice - well pleased!

  • 5
    Tobacco Stick

    Posted by Rick Harris on 29th May 2019

    Beautiful piece of wood. Looking forward to using it for the first time.