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This is a really lovely stick better in flesh than in photos
Thank you for viewing my Guinness Traditional Handcrafted Irish Blackthorn Walking stick Shillelagh.
I would like to present to you one of my Traditional Handcrafted Irish Blackthorn Walking stick Shillelagh. This is a very very nice sturdy and strong blackthorn which i have tagged with a recycled Guinness tin logo. Like all my sticks this stick has been air cured for almost 4 months and then smoke cured for one week. The root ball at the end has actually been charred in an open fire and sanded to reveal its wonderful coloration. After gathering, curing, carving, and sanding my sticks they are finished to a very high standard gloss finish with a tough hard wearing waterproof varnish.
All my sticks are well balanced so they can be enjoyed whether hiking or strolling they also offer peace of mind while out walking knowing you can protect yourself against certain threats like vicious dogs. This stick has plenty of clipped thorns along its length.
It could also be said that my sticks have a certain spiritual connection as all my wood is gathered from around the area of the Hill of Tara. The Hill of Tara is located near the river Boyne, it is an archaeological complex that runs between Navan and Dunshauglin in county Meath, Ireland. It contains a number of ancient monuments and according to tradition was the seat of Ard Ri na hEireann, or the high king of Ireland. All of my wood is gathered in a responsible manner with high regard for nature and land owners’ property.
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ABOUT THE IRISH SHILLELAGH
A shillelagh is a wooden walking stick and club or cudgel, typically made from a stout knotty stick with a large knob at the top that is associated with Ireland and Irish Folklore.
Construction
Shillelaghs are traditionally made from Blackthorn (sloe) wood (Prunus spinosa) or oak.The wood would be smeared with butter and placed up a chimney to cure, giving the Shillelagh its typical black shiny appearance. Shillelaghs may be hollowed at the heavy "hitting" end and filled with molten lead to increase the weight beyond the typical two pounds; this sort of Shillelagh is known as a 'loaded stick’. They are commonly the length of a walking stick (distance from the floor to one's wrist with elbow slightly bent). Most also have a heavy knob for a handle which can be used for striking as well as parrying and disarming an opponent. Many shillelaghs also have a strap attached (hence the Irish name), similar to commercially made walking sticks, to place around the holder's wrist.
History
It was named after the village and barony in Co. Wicklow. Although originally used for settling disputes in a gentlemanly manner (like pistols in colonial America or the Katana in Japan the shillelagh eventually became a symbol of stereotypical violent Irish behaviour. Modern practitioners of bataireacht study the use of the shillelagh for self defence and as a martial art. Of the practice, researcher J. W. Hurley writes: Methods of Shillelagh fighting have evolved over a period of thousands of years, from the spear, staff, axe and sword fighting of the Irish. There is some evidence which suggests that the use of Irish stick weapons may have evolved in a progression from a reliance on long spears and wattles, to shorter spears and wattles, to the shillelagh, alpine, blackthorn (walking-stick) and short cudgel. By the 19th century Irish Shillelagh-fighting had evolved into a practice which involved the use of three basic types of weapons, sticks which were long, medium or short in length
Modern usage
In modern usage, the shillelagh is recognised (particularly in an Irish-American context) as a symbol of Irishness. For example, the NCOs of the fighting 69th regiment of the United States Army National Guard carry shillelaghs as rank badges in parades. The Boston Celtics logo has a Leprechaun leaning on his shillelagh. In San Diego, Padres broadcaster Mark Grant popularized the shillelagh as a rally call, by using terms like "Shillelagh Power" to describe late game heroics by the Padres. (The success of the phrase led the San Diego Padres store to carry inflatable shillelaghs). Similarly, in college football, a jewelled Shillelagh is the trophy given to the winner of the rivalry game between the USC Trojans and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Shillelaghs are sometimes referred to in a similar context in folk songs, such as in "Finnegan’s Wake," in which the term "shillelagh law" refers to a brawl, and in the 19th century song "Rocky road to Dublin," in which references are made to fashioning a shillelagh, using it to hold a tied bag over one's shoulder, and using it as a striking weapon. The MGM-51 Shillelagh anti-tank missile was named for the club. Officers of the Irish Guards are issued with Shillelaghs as were past Irish Regiments of the British Army, such as the Inniskillen Dragoons and fusiliers.

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Guinness Irish Blackthorn Shillelagh walking stick staff.


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  • Material: Blackthorn
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