Bring in Spring with some hiking in Minneapolis! Grab your hiking stick and hit the trails. The leaves are blooming and the birds are chirping. Some of the best hiking can be found around Minnehaha Falls. This is one of Minneapolis’s oldest parks that features a 52 foot beautiful waterfall. Around the Falls are bikepaths, disc golf, gardens, volleyball, picnic area, and a restaurant. Be one of the million visitors each year.
My package arrived in great condition and on time. This walking staff is beautify crafted and sturdy; I have lower back problems and the therapist suggested switching to the walking staff. Which has definitely improved my back posture also greatly eliminated my lower back pain.
A great smile was brought to my face today when a customer emailed me a huge cane reaction about the Sassafras Hiking Stick.
“I had to tell you personally how much my husband LOVES this stick. He had a stroke 12 years ago and whenever we have seen walking sticks in antique shops or other specialty shops here in NY he has wanted one. I always thought it was so random and silly. He couldn’t explain to me why he wanted it (can’t talk very well) and I would always say you have a cane. That’s a lot to pay for something you’ll never use and where are you going to put it. But we started doing easy rail trails recently and somebody had one and I thought hmm….. Then last fall he fell on a trail. He was just badly bruised, but I really wanted to get him one after that, but then we couldn’t find them anywhere — not even online. After seeing this really cool looking one soon after in CA at a little village up in the mountains, and not knowing how to get it home, I tried to get one from them to surprise him, but they wouldn’t respond to my calls or emails. So with new search words — sassafras and whistle, I found yours. Oh, my gosh! It looks exactly the same, but nicer because the wood is rustic and not all shiny like a fancy showpiece. I put a big bow and jingle bells on it and on Chrismas Eve our son came down the stairs with it, and my husband was like a little kid. He was soooo happy! After 48 years of marriage it’s the first time we ever saw him get so genuinely excited about a gift. It was the best! So thank you very much!!! Happy New Year!”
A fresh batch of Vine Canes are all set to get in the hands of our customers. It’s amazing how unique a vine will grow. I’ve never seen any two of these canes look remotely similiar. Each one has crevices at different depths. Each one has branch spurs in all different spots. Each one has a different thickness. Each one has a different color. I think you get my point, “different”. If you don’t love individuality, this isn’t the right cane for you. Cheers, Antonio
It’s Springtime in Cali. Is everybody getting ready for hiking season? Grab your hiking stick and hit the trails! We took a hike the other day through Tilden Park and it was beautiful weather. It started out uphill and ended downhill, so like most hikes, you need a walking staff sized for all inclines. When you’re going uphill, you want to choke up on the staff and when you’re going downhill, you want to choke down on the staff to make it longer and let it take some stess off your knees.
We ran into a perfect situation when a hiking stick can save your butt. We were going down a rocky cliff right by a stream, so the rocks were very slippery. In these kind of situations, you don’t want to have all your weight and balance on one foot. What you want to do is utilize your staff as a pvot point. Plant the bottom of your staff into a groove in the rocks so that it won’t be able to slip when weight is put on when you’re balancing yourself. Now that you have a balance point, you can continue to go forward without the scare of having all your weight on one foot and slipping. Give it a try and let me know how much more safe you felt. Happy Hiking!
Our newest craftswoman is excited for the holiday season. Right now she’s working on keeping up with orders for the laptop bags. I was amazed to learn about how hard it can be to create these bags while wasted the least amount of the pelt. Anyone love puzzles? It was the first thought that came to my mind. You’ll notice I used the term “craftswoman” and not “artist”. I can’t even begin to count the amount of conversations, articles, and papers that try to define an artist from a craftswoman. She’s an artist, a craftswoman, a seamstress, an entrepreneur, and more. I hope a title doesn’t matter to you, because I know It doesn’t matter to me. Lets just enjoy her laptop bags and call it a day. Cheers, Antonio
We’re very excited to be working with a new leather artist. I still get to do some of the design, but this craftswoman creates amazing leather bags at the flick of his wrist. It’s going to be a big leap for us, but we think new leather products can work in sync with our canes. We’re thinking leather cane grips? Great cushion. Here is a picture of the newest laptop bag that she’ll be creating.
Has anyone been taking their fall hikes? Remember that it’s good for your body’s health and mind. As I chat with different people across the US this fall, I’ve been amazed how different seasons can be non-existent is some states. Vegas natives- I hope you always find time to get to the northern states during this time of year. I’ve always heard the most amazing season changes you’ll ever see is out in hiking country of the Pacific Northwest. I can imagine all the brilliant yellows, oranges, and greens. I’ll get some of my fall hiking pics posted this month, but I’d love to see some pics from other outdoor lovers! Cheers, Antonio
There is no argument that Fall walking stick season is on its way. It’s getting a little bit chillier each day. Grab your jacket and head to the trails!
I know that we all love to see the leaves change to their brilliant oranges and yellows but hate to see the sunlight go away so fast in the evening. So, lets make sure to live without limits. Our motto can sometime give people a little bit of a puzzled look, but it is truly simple if you just don’t over think the three little words. A lot of us will allow the first thought of “I can’t” stick in their mind, but I hope we can quickly get over that thought and move on to a real thought like “doing what you want”. But lets get back to the topic at hand, walking sticks or trekking canes.
A walking cane can definitely help you live without limits on so many different levels. The first being that it will aid in your mobility. Sometimes you just need that little bit of extra support to make sure you remain stable. When you have something to lean on when one leg is less then 100 percent can be the difference of falling down or staying upright.
The second reason a walking stick can help would be it’s ability to light the workout just your legs would take if not aided. A lot of your Fall trails are going to be uphill and downhill which can create extra resistance. Your leg muscles need to strain that much harder to pull your weight uphill, but a you can ease some of that by using your upper body. You’re trekking pole will help push you up the hill with each step when you firmly plant it and lunge forward while pushing your arm back. Think exactly like skiing. Pushing off with you poles gives you momentum. Going downhill gets a lot easier with a walking stick as well because it will brace your acension and take strain off your knees.
I hope you are all looking forward to the leaves changing! Happy Hiking!
I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about the weight capacity for certain wooden walking sticks. This issue is a very complicated aspect for several reasons.
The first being that it is an all natural hiking stick that comes directly from a tree branch. When you’re using wood, it can have several stress points that are weaker then the rest of the stick. The first weak point will be a knot in the lumber because a knot naturally separates itself from the flesh due to different shrinkage rates and density. So this creates a crack that needs to be filled in with some sort of adhesive. No two hiking sticks will have the same knots, so no two hiking sticks will have the same weight capacity.
Which leads into the next issue of testing weight capacity. In order to test weight capacity, you need to test angle of pressure to the point of structural collapse. That will deal with vertical pressure as well as horizontal pressure. We can send our sticks out to testing facilities, but we’ll just end up with people pounding them to oblivion. These testing facilities will torque, twist, and bend our sticks but once they reach the capacity, they all be broken. And then we still have the issue that no two handmade wooden walking sticks are the same.
A broken wooden walking stick is just one of the risks we need to take when we’re on our adventures exploring the world. Don’t think too much about it and definitely don’t let it get you down. One of the great uses for the pole is to test precarious situations. If your ice looks too thin, throw your staff at it and see if it’s safe to walk across. If something needs a good whack, swing your staff at it. It’s better that you’re using an inert object instead of one of your own limbs. Just set the stick aside and let it naturally bio-degrade back into the woods it came from.
I actually heard a good story about the end of a walking cane that I’ll share at a later time.