A little show and tell this rainy winter morning. I've been carrying this walking stick in one form or another since 2001. What does that mean? I just can't leave well enough alone, that's what. It was a straight knobbed staff before attaching the stag horn but I decided it would be more useful and … Continue reading Thumb Stick
If you know me at all you know that I am interested in pack baskets. Because of this, they catch my eye when I'm browsing historic images. I could find no information whatsoever about this one. I suspect maybe Tibet in the early 20th century? Pack baskets have been underrated in the west. I'm glad … Continue reading A Nice Pack Basket
Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet, 1854. Self portrait by Gustave Courbet (right). The Realist style here is a bit stiff for my taste but this is a fine image for 19th century clothing. Nice walking staff too.
Nothing like a good piece of wood when you’re in a tight spot. Working in remote places with a bad dog problem, a walking stick or staff can be quite a comfort. You can carry one without looking (too much) like a thug even.
You’ve probably heard of Irish stick before or at least if you clicked on this article you are no doubt curious about what it really is. The art called bataireacht or boiscín is a peculiar martial art not only because of its history but also because it has only recently begun to rise back from nearly total extinction. It is known around certain circles such as Historical European Martial Arts but even in Ireland you will find very few who know of its existence and even fewer who practice it.
This article is meant as a complete basic overview of the history and practice of Irish stick. It will be part of a book to be published on the subject of the history and techniques of this art.
1. Deep roots
like many old martial arts the origins of Irish stick are extremely hard if not impossible to determine. Mankind has…
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