A Cookbook For A Long Nose Golf Club
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.
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
The Oldest Clubs, by Robert Gowland
Update September 2019:
On October 1, 2019, my new book on clubmaking will become available. Practical Clubmaking, a Guide to Long Nose Era Golf Clubmaking is part golf history and part hand tool woodworking. With a short list of basic hand tools, the reader should be able to construct a fine replica of a mid-19th century golf club. I spent the last year-and-a-half heavily researching the historical methods of making these clubs.
The Auld Golfer with Chris McIntyre
Here are the "ingredients" to make your featherie era play club:
- Clubhead: Beech, apple, pear or thorn woods were also suitable.
- Shaft: Straight grained hickory supplanted ash as the shaft material after the first quarter of the 18th century.
- Ram's horn or cow horn for the sole's leading edge.
- Sturdy 7-ply 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 or prepared pitch.
|Charles Lees. The Golfers, A Grand Match Played Over St. Andrews Links.|
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