Welcome to theTacoma Walking Stick Company, offering the finest in handcrafted walking sticks, hiking sticks, staffs, and canes you’ll find in the market place today. I would like to tell you a bit about my company.
I began making sticks in 1991, living on an old homestead I purchased just outside the Mount Rainier National Park entrance. I converted an old gas station on the property, built in the 1920’s, into a small gift shop. Customer’s often ask if I sold walking sticks, and so it began. The Tacoma Walking Stick Company evolved and in 1993 I began selling sticks to Mount Rainier National Park as well as Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. In 1998 I was accepted into the Best of the Northwest in Seattle Washington, and the Company has experienced steady growth from that time to present day.
All of my sticks are harvested in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest by hand using only a bow saw and pruning sheers. The selection process is one of the most important aspects of my business. Conformation, bark quality, wood density and other factors all play an important role in whether or not a given stick makes the grade. After harvesting, the sticks are placed in a cool dry location for a year or more depending on the size and type of wood. The next stop is a drying room where they remain for another year.
Once in the shop each stick is screened for its moisture content making certain it is ready for crafting. Each stick is cut to size and shaped by hand. Following several steps in the shaping process, each stick is sealed and finished with the finest coating’s available.
As the sole owner and lead craftsman of the Tacoma Walking Stick Company I can insure that the quality of craftsmanship I demand remains firmly intact from harvest to completion. I am in my 24th year of business and I can honestly say I still love harvesting and making walking sticks.
~ Kirk J. Zenkner~