We’ve talked about how the gaffer is a fool for making things out of gorse. Among us boys we think Acacia makes for handsomer staves, but there’s always someone out there writing to us asking for more gorse staves, because there’s a picture somewhere of their great grandfather with one.
This example is a stout fair fighting staff, rough in finish and irregular in shape, but ideal for an afternoon doing battle with the local faction, and then strolling home afterward across country.
How it looks
This example is technically a “gorse plant” the handle being made of the root bulb of the tree. Some people find that a big deal, but for us it just means it’s the very devil to shape, and functionally indestructible afterward.
We’ve filled a few burls in down the shaft with pine coloured resin, and likewise to the head to create a smooth palm-swell. Not technologies our ancestors had, but definitely something the would have used if they could.
All this is offset by a beautiful, interesting wood grain you’ll seldom see around.
Finished with a bright brass ferrule
How it walks
She’s definitely heavier than our Acacia models, and she’ll carry well with a ring-grip under the head, or simply gripping the staff like a rambling stick.
How it fights
This is definitely a staff for the fighters, heavy enough to require two hands, strong enough to stop the brewer’s bullock when you do.
A fair strategy would be to just wait until the other fellow breaks his staff on her, however she has enough weight at the top end to put down even the doughtiest ruffian.
Dimensions 42 In x 3 1/2in
Curvature Bottom half bows 2-3 in (if really ramrod straight shafts are important to you, this one won’t suit your needs).