After making my first walking stick I wanted to make a Shillelagh style walking stick to capture the beauty of the natural wood and celebrate my love of Irish culture. I did a lot of research and was able to acquire some Blackthorn from the UK. This material is highly prized in the UK and Ireland for it's strength, flexibility and beauty. I also use oak, birch and other hardwood shanks. I can incorporate variety of domestic and tropical wood handles, bone and horn spacers as well as copper and brass collars to create elegant and rugged walking sticks intended for regular use and as a heirloom.