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Ash wood has a distinctive open grain which provides excellent shock absorption. Because of this, it is often used in handles for spades, brooms, axes and workshop tools. Timber from the root section of mature trees is used to make hurleys (or camáns) which are used in one of the most exciting field games in the world, i.e. hurling.
The outer bark of Ash is generally uninteresting so I carefully shave it down. This then reveals a mixture of the under bark and the actual wood. The combination of these colours results in a most attractive shank. When the bark is fully stripped the exposed grain is also very nice. In fact, Ash walking sticks are amongst the nicest sticks I make.
Advantages of Ash for stickmaking:
I source all my sticks locally in an environmentally friendly way. I season the sticks for a minimum of two years and finish each one by hand.
The dimensions shown under the Additional Information tab are in inches and ounces. The width is the measurement at the tip (bottom) of the stick. Any stick can be shortened to a specified length at no extra cost.
Guidelines for arriving at the optimum length for you are shown on the Choosing a Stick page.
Handmade walking sticks from Ireland. Native woods and natural finishes. “Designed by nature; Finished by hand”