Customers should be conscious that my Blackthorn sticks are different to the painted ‘shillelagh’ type that one sees in gift and craft shops. Instead the finish highlights the natural colour of the carefully sanded bark.
Like all of my sticks they are as close to what nature produced as possible… including the occasional twist, bend and other imperfection… makes them all the more unique and unashamedly Irish.
Blackthorn is prone to splitting – this is a characteristic of the wood so hairline cracks are common. All of my Blackthorn sticks have been seasoned for a minimum of four years so any cracks will have ceased before they are offered for sale.
I have recently acquired a large stock of Blackthorn shanks which were harvested many years ago from the internationally famous Florence Court estate in County Fermanagh. They have been carefully seasoned for more than 20 years. Because they are mostly thin and because of the lengthy seasoning, they are uncharacteristically light. Many of them would be described as ‘Ladies Canes’.
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