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Old September 14, 2016, 06:50 PM   #1
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Hand-made Fish clubs, nightclubs, billy clubs.

Tulipwood fish-club made on my wood lathe, finished with Minwax Antique Oil finish and then waxed with Renaissance Wax. The heartwood is a beautiful pink-yellow with a pronounced striped figure in varying shades of salmon pink, and rose-red to violet. Hope you guys like it, I'll be posting more photos when I can. I have made several fish-club, most are solid wood but a couple are lead loaded. I have a neat walnut, lead loaded sap. I made I will upload an image soon.


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Here is a Bocote billy-club I turned, it is about 22" long with a leather wrist loop lanyard and large knob end "skull crusher". Bocote is unusual in that it smells like dill when you are working it. A lot of exotic woods can cause bad allergic reactions so care is taken while turning. I have a pro-grade shop-vac system hooked up to my lathe and wear a respirator as well. Bocote is very strong and hard, twice as hard as Black Walnut, with a Janka Hardness Rating of 2200 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janka_hardness_test ), and has a tight grain pattern as well making it great for turning. It has small eyes through-out and although they look like knots, they are not. In appearance it is similar to Rosewood and is often used as a substitute.

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Old September 14, 2016, 09:59 PM   #2
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Beautiful job!
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Old September 15, 2016, 07:51 AM   #3
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Some beautiful grain in that Tulipwood and Bocote, along with some outstanding craftsmanship!
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Old September 15, 2016, 08:08 AM   #4
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That is some fantastic craftsmanship.
Big fan of clubs and saps since my first issued one in 71.
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Old September 15, 2016, 08:44 AM   #5
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That's some fantastic work.
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Old September 15, 2016, 09:21 AM   #6
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Wow!
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Old September 15, 2016, 09:23 AM   #7
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Oh man, these are great! Do you sell them?
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Old September 15, 2016, 02:12 PM   #8
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Nice work.

The term for them in the UK is a "Priest" for dispatching trout & salmon.

For a couple years i had one on my boat i made from purple heart wood... until it rolled overboard... and purple heart is so dense it doesn't float.
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Old September 16, 2016, 12:41 PM   #9
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I am both enlightened and impressed.
I thought fish clubs were scarred up broken off (or sawed off) oar handles or old hammer handles that rolled around in the slime and muck and detritus in the bottom of a boat. I had no idea they could be too pretty to use.
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Old September 16, 2016, 01:16 PM   #10
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Be VERY careful in carrying these around and using them, even on a boat.

They could easily be classified as a "club" or "bludgeon" in most states and would be possession of an illegal weapon. They would look just like a night stick to most cops.
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Old September 16, 2016, 01:30 PM   #11
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Be VERY careful in carrying these around and using them, even on a boat.

They could easily be classified as a "club" or "bludgeon" in most states and would be possession of an illegal weapon. They would look just like a night stick to most cops.
Eh, maybe. I actually did the research on that (took me a couple days), and this was the result: http://weaponlaws.wikidot.com/state-baton-laws
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Old September 16, 2016, 07:55 PM   #12
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As a fan of "Non-Firearm Weapons", I just wanted to add my praise to the mix. Very nice work there, it came out beautifully!
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Old September 16, 2016, 11:11 PM   #13
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I hope the wife doesn't see this, cause she will want one
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Old September 17, 2016, 12:13 AM   #14
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I could not smash one of these fine clubs against an alligator gar. I could whack em with a Bam Bam or a AFTCO Fish Bat, but not these fine wooden fish clubs.
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Old September 17, 2016, 01:12 PM   #15
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Left my home made billy behind the seat of a truck I traded and when I realized it 24 hours later the dealer ship claimed never to have seen it.

Such things CAN get you in trouble. Friend's son had a "tire thumper" bought as such at a truck stop behind the seat of his car. One could not reach it with the door closed but with the door open could reach back and pick it up.

He was seen by a local yokel in blue in a state north of here to have it on the car floor board at a gas stop. He was arrested on a weapons charge. On advice of attourney plead guilty. Ended up a felon and loss all sorts of rights not the least of which was RKBA.

SO yeah, check local laws and don't travel with such outside jurisdictions where you know the law and have competent legal advice.

There are some lovely bits of wood on this thread.

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Old September 17, 2016, 03:26 PM   #16
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Nice Wooden fish Clubs.
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Old September 17, 2016, 08:38 PM   #17
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There was the guy who carried a baseball bat in his car, with ball and glove along for legitimacy.
He hoped. Don't know if it ever got tested.
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Old September 19, 2016, 04:27 PM   #18
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Hey guys, thanks for the kind words. I haven't sold any yet, I have given a couple away to some friends. I don't intend to carry them or use them. I have a CCW permit for that. I'll get some more pics up soon.
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Old September 19, 2016, 08:05 PM   #19
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Left my home made billy behind the seat of a truck I traded and when I realized it 24 hours later the dealer ship claimed never to have seen it.

Such things CAN get you in trouble. Friend's son had a "tire thumper" bought as such at a truck stop behind the seat of his car. One could not reach it with the door closed but with the door open could reach back and pick it up.

He was seen by a local yokel in blue in a state north of here to have it on the car floor board at a gas stop. He was arrested on a weapons charge. On advice of attourney plead guilty. Ended up a felon and loss all sorts of rights not the least of which was RKBA.

SO yeah, check local laws and don't travel with such outside jurisdictions where you know the law and have competent legal advice.

There are some lovely bits of wood on this thread.

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This is exactly what I'm getting at. I've heard the same types of things happen.

We have many gun rights groups, we even have at least one knife rights group.

Why not stand up for the right to be armed with a weapon as basic as a club? Why are the laws so harsh against carrying a nightstick but not a .44 magnum?

I'll never know.
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Old September 20, 2016, 08:56 AM   #20
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This is exactly what I'm getting at. I've heard the same types of things happen.

We have many gun rights groups, we even have at least one knife rights group.

Why not stand up for the right to be armed with a weapon as basic as a club? Why are the laws so harsh against carrying a nightstick but not a .44 magnum?

I'll never know.
This is very true, and it might just be the lack of advocacy. Though again, it's not as widespread as people claim, per my compiled list linked to above. Concealed carry of a billy club is explicitly legal in 14 states, and is potentially legal in 20 more on top of that, making in a majority.

For that reason, something is rotten about kbob's friend's story. I literally ready every statute in all 50 states, and none consider simple possession in a vehicle to be a felony, with the exception of California that leaves the designation up to the court. Having been through this rodeo before with unproven unsourced legal anecdotes, I suspect the defendant in that case had priors and/or other bad deeds (prostitution, drugs) that lead to him being a convicted felon.
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