Before you Buy
Shillelaghs have been adapted to various forms throughout the centuries as the needs of their users changed. We make many differing types of Shillelaghs, so the client is advised to carefully consider their own particular needs when choosing a stick.
While Blackthorn is at home in the cool, damp air of Ireland, your stick will be perfectly fine when kept in an area where a person would feel comfortable.
However, we want our clients to have a Shillelagh to treasure and pass on to future generations, and so should you encounter any problems with your stick, we offer the return policy outline below.
Caring for your Shillelagh
Our sticks go through many processes over a three year period, that are designed to produce items with characteristics that are as close as possible to "real Shillelaghs". This involves retaining a certain amount of moisture in the sticks and treating with preserving oils, which are both important factors in giving the stick its' unique 'feel' or balance. They are not dried out pieces of wood, and so will require a certain amount of care and diligence from the user to avoid heat expansion and/or rapid drying out.
Most of the work needed to preserve your stick for generations is done over the course of production in our workshops. to the right are some guidelines to keeping your stick in top condition.
Avoid storing -
Near a heat source.
In direct sunlight(window display)
In a vehicle during warm weather.
In a gun cabinet/glass display case.
In a cupboard or any confined area where conditions might vary significantly from a comfortable living area.
Blackened sticks: Scuffs and scratches can be touched up with standard black gloss(oil based) paint, where needed, and re-sealed with clear polyurethane varnish. No routine maintenance needed.
Oil finished sticks(Natural colour): Annually,sand very lightly, just enough to deter run-off, and re-seal with a coat of a good sealing oil. We use Rustin's Danish oil. Tung oil or a good decking oil are suitable alternatives.
Matt varnished sticks(Natural colour). Marks from wear and tear can be touched up with a matt varnish, as/if needed. No routine maintenance needed.
Conditions of Sale
Should you be unhappy in any way with your purchase, you may return it within 30 days for replacement or full refund of the purchase price.
Should your stick develop a structural problem, you may return it within 12 months for replacement.
The purchaser will be responsible for ALL shipping costs .
Our sticks are becoming increasingly popular with collectors. Because we cannot control how sticks in a collection are stored or displayed, we limit replacement/refund offer to one stick per client.