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Jim, you'd probably want to go with oak, blackthorn, or hawthorn. Cultural similarities would make me think the making of the sticks would be similar.

You going with a year in a manure pile or bog then hanging it in the chimney?
 

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I hate to disagree with you Randy, but I think the author of that definition is conflating the kebbie and the cromach because of the idea that the end is hooked. The stick I use has a hook to it but wouldn't be considered a crook.I really can't imagine trying to use a shepherd's crook in a fight.
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The first time I remember reading about it was in a book called "Irish Country Ways." I don't recall the author's name but I think it was from the 1930s. I don't remember the mention of butter or lard, but the manure pile reference was there. Donkey poo, though, not cow. What difference it would make would be a question for someone who really knows their sh...uh, I mean poo. Maybe the pile creates an anaerobic atmosphere which affects the way the wood decays (or doesn't as the case may be)
Submersion in a bog would make sense, too, based on what little I know about bog oak.
Fire hardening the stick in the chimney makes sense. You always see survivalists fire-hardening a sharpened bit of wood for a spear or arrow.
 
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