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Great shape for the shillelagh Rad. look forward to seeing the finish stick.
 

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Oak?

U are a patient man Rad. Not sure I have anything in the stick bin from 4 years ago.
 

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Oak?
U are a patient man Rad. Not sure I have anything in the stick bin from 4 years ago.
I started collected a bunch of material 8 years ago to the present so that when I retired I'd have plenty of material to work with. I'm still collecting - that way I should always have well aged material. Now that I've retired i get to enjoy the fruits of my labor.
 

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"I'd put my money on an old man with a good shillelagh, over a group of young toughs."
My grandfather, in response to my braggadocio immediately following my graduation from Marine Corps boot camp in 1966.

My role model, a WWI veteran.

I wanna see your shillelagh, when finished!!!

Vance
 

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"I'd put my money on an old man with a good shillelagh, over a group of young toughs."
My grandfather, in response to my braggadocio immediately following my graduation from Marine Corps boot camp in 1966.
My role model, a WWI veteran.
I wanna see your shillelagh, when finished!!!
Vance
I remember you sharing that before - but I forgot where I heard it - Thanks for reminding me Vance!
 

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Thought I read somewhere here on the forum your supposed to season a shillelagh in manure. :phew: Did I read that right? If so, all U shillelagh fans, why? :cigar: Perhaps this is where the expression "getting the sh-tty end of the stick" comes from..............
 

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MJC4, I remember reading that same thing years ago. I think the article specified donkey manure, too for some reason. The article also said to drill out the head and fill it with lead shot then plug it up.

Rad, I'm sure that will make a lovely head-knocker when you're done. Sure to be some interesting grain there in the knob. I have a similarly shaped piece of oak drying right now which should make a nice shillelagh.
 

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MJC4 - yes you are absolutely right! But we have some modern techniques to dry, harden and create flexibility. I dipped this stick first in Pentacryl first for several weeks - then when I pulled it out I covered the top knot with a paper bag and hung it to dry. It will be quite stout when finished. But if you would like to stick yours in a pile of crap and then up a chimney - go right ahead. I'd rather stick with the modern method.
 

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I did a little shaping today, actually it is my second round - I wasn't happy with the first round and just cut it off with my Dewalt miter saw and started fresh. As I began the first sanding after the rough shaping - I noticed it was starting to show a red almost purple tint. The pictures really don't do it justice, but here are the early results.
 

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This one has been curing since 2013 and is ready for shaping.
Now it's impossible that I won't do at least one Shillelagh (shi-lay-lee). : )
There fun to make - I have an affinity for them - and I have a long irish limb in my family tree maybe it's in my blood.
I can imagine they might be addicting then. Rumor has it I might have a touch of the old four leaf clover as well so when I find the right branch I'll find out. Does one basically just keep carving and shaving away at the thick branch area to get it rounded? Can you share any tips?
 
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