Begin here: A MAN AND HIS STICK: A Love Story
Part 2 shared how I had to send it back to fix a defect and rescue the poor dear from USPS hell upon its return.
Part 3 shared how I introduced it to my cats and a close-up of the unique artwork and wording created especially for me.
Now I want to tell you more about it and the company that made it.
For over 40 years beautifully made dark bamboo wood camera monopod walking sticks, regular walking sticks and flutes and flute walking sticks have been custom made by Serenity Bamboo, a small company in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
My inked and inscribed stick is light yet very strong and withstood its first challenging walks in Houston on Monday and Tuesday as I took a brief walk along Terry Hershey Trail in SW Houston and stood on the natural banks of the bayou, and a near 4 mile walk on a trail through Buffalo Bayou Park, from Shepherd to Allen's Landing.
Serenity Bamboo is a small bamboo flute business consisting of three people; Linda/Nick Barbadoro and Jim Ferere.
They built their business and creative reputation via mall craft shows, outdoor craft fairs, and music festivals, before eventually also building an online presence.
They take their reputation seriously and offer an Unconditional Guarantee for one year from the date of purchase.
As already shared I had an immediate reason to put this to the test and was more than satisfied with the outcome.
Their website is not just a place to sell products but an intro to the world of bamboo flutes, bamboo walking sticks, bamboo walking stick flutes and bamboo camera monopod walking sticks, and the customizing opportunities they offer to make your stick unique and special to you.
The important part of this customization is the artistic, hand-inked, designs created by Linda as well as a list of quotes, and the opportunity she offers for you to send her images, sketches, words, and ideas of your own to work from if you prefer.
I sent her the words found on my stick and photos of my original creative muse, Mr. Nikita, for her to work with and the result is perfect.
As the site explains "each design is first etched into the bamboo wood then hand inked in vivid, permanent colors. Small Austian Crystals are then inlaid into the design in appropriate places to give it a sparkle."
Linda has created thousands of designs over the years and you can see samples of her work on the site.
Ordering my stick from their site was an easy, uncomplicated, process.
Not into walking sticks and flutes? They also make Dark Bamboo Wall Vases!
The site shares customer testimonials for anyone curious to know what those who have purchased from them have had to say, and a brief flute history and tutorial of how to play and tune.
So, what about this "monopod" thing, anyway?
The Monopod Walking Stick has a brass ball on the top, a leather hand strap and replaceable heavy rubber tip on the bottom (extra tips available).
The brass ball unscrews to reveal a standard camera mount.
The really cool thing is what is stored in the bottom of the Monopod Walking Stick; a long metal spike that you can use to take selfies.
The spike is stored inside, tip end first.
The spike is then screwed into the stick for use.
The spike is longer and made differently than what came with my old metal stick and this made for a much sturdier placement in the soils encountered on my first 2 walks.
Don't have a traditional camera? No need to worry!
With any number of affordable mobile phone holder adapters on the market, you can use your cell phone camera with your stick.
The outside of the stick has a 'Tortoise Shell' like finish developed by the folks at Serenity over 40+ years of working with bamboo wood. I like that no two are alike. The exterior of the stick is protected with a coat of durable waterproof polyurethane.
Don't want to spend your hard earned money on some mass-produced, adjustable, piece of metal that anyone can buy and often can cost in the high double digits, or in the triple digits for something of quality?
Consider what Serenity Bamboo has to offer.