History of Blackthorn Walking Sticks
When you purchase one of our walking sticks you are not just buying quality, you are buying history going back hundreds of years in traditional walking stick making. Blackthorn has been prized for centuries as a material for premium walking sticks. The original Blackthorn sticks were 2 to 4 foot long Irish shillelaghs (the national weapon of rural Ireland). In expert hands the shillelagh was so fearsome that during the final occupation of Ireland, the English outlawed it. Blackthorn trees and bushes can be found growing along the lanes and byways of Ireland. The plants are slow growing and therefore, produce a very hard wood. They can be cut only during a few weeks in mid-winter and must be seasoned for at least two years before they are straightened, sanded and polished. Perfect for health and leisure walking, collecting or as a decorative piece, your walking stick is polished natural bark. If you're in the market for a handcrafted, historically-correct blackthorn walking stick that is sure to become a valued companion, conversation piece, treasured gift and heirloom, the search starts and ends here at our website.