My two favorite hobbies, woodworking and golf, have collided. Over the last couple of months, I have attempted to replicate some long nose era golf clubs from the pre-1880 era.
|Play club, grassed driver and spoon|
There are some very helpful sources of information on how these clubs were constructed.
The Book of Golf and Golfers, by Horace Hutchinson. Very detailed 15 page explanation in a chapter by J. H. Taylor.
The Clubmaker's Art, by Jeff Ellis
Golf Implements and Memorabilia, by McGimpsey & Neech
Golf: The Great Clubmakers, by David Stirk
Addendum: Had I known about Robert Gowland's The Oldest Clubs (2011) prior to embarking on golf clubmaking, many of my questions and many mysteries would have been readily answered. This book provides the most in depth information on early golf clubmaking that I have encountered. Being involved with the major auction houses, Mr. Gowland holds the distinction to have handled most, if not all, of the earliest golf clubs in existence and is, himself, a fine craftsmen of early clubs, both wooden and iron. In a way, I'm probably more fortunate to have discovered this book after first trying my own hand at clubmaking. After all, it is often the journey of discovery that engages us, rather than the final product. It was a joy to find out that many of "my own discoveries" were corroborated by this book. If you are at all interested in making replica 18th or 19th century clubs, The Oldest Clubs is a must.
The Auld Golfer with Chris McIntyre
Here are the "ingredients" to make your featherie era play club:
- Clubhead: Beech preferred. Apple, pear or thorn wood were also suitable.
- Shaft: Straight grained hickory supplanted ash as the shaft material after the first quarter of the 18th century.
- Ram's horn for the sole's leading edge.
- 7 ply waxed linen thread.
- Sheepskin leather grip with wool underlisting.
- Lead (I opted to use a bismuth and tin alloy from a company called Rotometals for safety concerns) used for the weight in the rear of the clubhead.
- Hide glue
- Liquid Asphaltum
|Charles Lees. The Golfers, A Grand Match Played Over St. Andrews Links.|
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