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.
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.