Purpleheart trees grow to heights of 170’ from Mexico through South America. When first milled, it has a dull grayish/purplish brown coloration. After exposure to sunlight (UV) for a few days, the wood becomes a deeper, eggplant purple color. Over time, it will usually turn darker brown, but retaining its purple hue for which it’s named. It is a strong, durable wood which combines form and function. The shaft is made from American Hard Maple with the “birdseye” aspect which is caused by environmental conditions during the tree’s growth. Maple is used in a wide variety of applications, combining strength with beauty.
Over the 20 plus years that we’ve been making handcrafted wood sticks and canes, we’ve received numerous requests for “special” canes, ranging from a retirement gift, a milestone birthday, or just a unique way to give recognition to someone who deserves it. When the request is made, we typically begin the process by sorting through our cache of exceptional wood. In the lumber business, the top grade for each species is often classified as “select” grade. This category of wood is used for projects that demand the highest quality, beauty and strength.
Which is exactly why we chose this term to identify our newest product offering. Our new Brazos Select Canes are made exclusively from select grade materials. These woods are sourced from reliable, sustainably harvested timber from all over the world. We then begin the meticulous process of choosing which pieces will make the best handles and strongest shafts for our exquisite walking canes. Only a few of our most accomplished artisans then begin the actual crafting of the finished piece. Each handle is mortised to exact dimensions, matching the tenon on each shaft. The handle and shaft are then glued and clamped together to create a joint that carries our lifetime guarantee.
Using simple hand and power tools, our master craftsmen use time tested wood working methods that ensure each cane meets our exacting standards. The natural beauty of the wood is enhanced with multiple coats of high quality clear lacquer, then finished with a hand-rubbed process that sets our products apart from the mass produced, run of the mill factory canes.
Whether you’re looking for a special gift or an heirloom quality walking aid, the refined elegance of Brazos Select Canes will surpass your highest expectations.
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!
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.