About Irish Blackthorn
is known as the European spiny plum (Prunus spinosa) with hard
wood and small white flowers. Blackthorn is looked upon by some
as the best wood for the shaft of a cane. If anyone to offer
any fine cane maker a choice of shafts the most popular choice
would always be this wood. It is a very hard, close-grained
wood and if growing from the trunk of the tree or bush, is covered
with very sharp, vicious spines. The most notable features of
blackthorn wood are the deep reddish-black bark and the numerous
knots, which are best when perfected by an excellent cane maker.
An experienced cane maker will pick the perfect piece of blackthorn
and perfect it into a perfect symmetrical shaft for a cane.
This is a very time consuming process because of the meticulous
job of rounding the knots into a shaft.
The there points that make a well made Blackthorn cane are:
Thorns that are evenly spaced all around the cane.
The cane must have a fine taper.
The spurs cut close to the limb and small dimples are left
behind each spur.
simple blackthorn-knob stick (#892) has been the prized possession
of many countryman in Europe especially in Ireland for many
centuries. The cane is famous in the British Isles.
canes are guaranteed to be genuine woods. Some canes are passed
off as blackthorn but are really made of Hawthorn (of a genus
Crataegus a spring-flowering spiny shrub) this wood looks
somewhat similar except that it does not have the same uniformity