Commercially made hurling sticks, also known as hurleys, are well-crafted items made from ash that require a considerable range of tools to produce. A homemade one may not be able to match a professionally manufactured one. However, making a hurling stick for practice, as a souvenir or for use in an amateur match is feasible. Borrow a hurling stick to copy to make things easier.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Hurling stick
- Piece of ash
- Linseed oil
- Rubber bath mat
- PVC tape
Lay the hurling stick on a piece of ash slightly bigger than it. Draw around the hurling stick with the pencil. Cut out the shape with a bandsaw.
Take the advice of J. O’ Coigligh and Sons, who have been hurleymakers for many years, and cover your hurling stick with linseed oil. Allow this to dry then apply another coat.
Plane and spokeshave the hurling stick to replicate the contours of the borrowed stick, paying particular attention to the bas, the flattened, curved end, which is the part that strikes the ball, or sliotar. Sand the surface where rough or jagged.
Cut up a rubber bath mat to create a hand grip that fits around the shaft and extends about halfway down the stick. Stick the rubber in place with overlapping PVC tape loops.
Wind several overlapping PVC tape loops across the ankle of the stick and the toe of the stick to strengthen these areas.
Tips and warnings
- You can buy a hurling stick for a little over £10.
- Optionally nail a hoop of tin across the toe of the stick, as is traditional, instead of applying tape but bear in mind that the American Hurling Company does not recommend this on the grounds that putting nails through wood may cause it to split.
- Power tools, like a bandsaw, should be used with great care.
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