Indian club 'heart' technique

Indian Clubs from the UK

Indian clubs are available in sizes and shapes from traditional British military style to Spalding ES and Victorian club shapes.
Their weights from 700g to 1.7kg (1.5lbs to 3.7lbs) plus we offer limited edition 3kg. Longer oak Indian clubs offer large, smooth vectors, have recently been added to the range. Bespoke orders can also be arranged – just talk to us.

Indian club 'heart' technique

Persian meels

Our beautifully hand-turned Persian meels are made from sustainable hardwood.
Sizes are available from 2kg (4kg set) to 12kg meels (24kg set).

Indian club 'heart' technique

Gada / Mace

Adjustable gada are hand-made from sustainable walnut timbers. They weigh close to 8.5kg and are 1200mm long with a detachable handle for lighter 3kg training swings. A screw-in base plate reveals a hidden chamber for increasing their weight to around 12kg.
Training mace (aka matchstick mace) are handmade from solid beech and bamboo. They weigh around 1.6kg with a length of 1100mm. They are perfect for lighter workouts and maceflow fitness.

Indian club 'heart' technique

Shena push-up boards

Shena push-up boards are hand-made from steamed beech hardwood by UK craftsman. Using a shena reduces tension in the wrists and allows a deeper range of movement for more advanced push-up exercises.
Choose from Classic 700mm or Premium 700mm (extra bracing for full strength).

Indian club 'heart' technique

Sang shields

Sang training shields are hand-made from solid pieces of sustainable hardwood. They are one of the least known, yet best, strength and indurance fitness tools around. Superior and more versatile than the simple bench-press as they demand 360° stabilisation. Sang are used alongside meels and shena in the Pahlavani training disciplines and can trace their roots to the ancient Parthian Empire over 2000 years ago.
They are available in sizes from 10kg (20kg set), 20kg, 30kg and 40kg. Sang can be produced to order according to sizes required.

Indian clubs & Persian meels

Indian Clubs and Persian meels are extremely effective tools to exercise with. For instance, those who have worked out with them have found improved shoulder mobility, better coordination, stronger arms, back and shoulders. In addition, they have improved shoulder, elbow and wrist flexibility as well as grip strength. While the club, as a tool or weapon, dates back to early caveman times, the modern Indian club has its roots closely linked to the Persian meel of the zurkhaneh. This is one of seven ancient training disciplines of ancient Persia (shena push up boards and sang shields are two others). While there is an overlap of uses and benefits we can still see different benefits of both.

Persian meels

Develop excellent upper body, arm and grip strength. They develop strength endurance and stabilise the joints while increasing movement mobility. They also balance strength distribution evenly.

Indian clubs

Are great for hand/wrist dexterity and promote joint mobility and cardio endurance benefits. They develop strength, speed and flexibility and are great for shoulder restorative, post-injury work. Additionally, they are wonderul for body coordination and challenge mental agility with their more complex moves. They are fun too. They allow a good workout in their own but are also offer great warm-up exercises to lubricate and prepare the joints for a heavier load.

Both clubs and meels offer excellent cardio endurance benefits. Both can be used to rehabilitate the arms and shoulders. They are also recognised to protect or prehab the shoulders too. Practicing both light and heavy clubs and meels will develop synchronicity and balance strength distribution evenly – balancing the motor use and abilities of dominant and weaker arms.

Gada / Mace training

These pendulum like fitness tools offer further circular benefits for improved sports performance. Gadas and maces offer full-body conditioning that is great for rotational torque and developing strength in a wide range of motion. In addtion, Mace-flow is another adaptation using lighter mace weights in a series of fluid movements with further benefits improving posture, hip mobility and proprioception.

Circular training methods

Swinging Indian clubs, gada/mace and Persian meels/mils will benefit all kinds of sports including…
professional athletes / swimmers / golfers / bowlers / wrestlers / tennis players / MMA / martial artists / throwers / basketball players / gymnasts / hockey players / body builders / football players / volleyball players / baseball players / archers / sports trainers / physical therapists.

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64 Comments

  1. PETROS

    HIGH PETROS HERE ORDERED MY INDIAN MILLS SMALL MEDIUM AND LARGE THE FINISH IS TRULLY AMAZING,LOVE THEM SO MUCH THAT I WANT TO ORDER NOW A SET OF PERSIAN MILLS FOR MY COLLECTION, THEY CAME VERY FAST AND WAS VERY HAPPY WITH WHOLE PROCESS

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    • PeteH

      Hi Petros, we should have some 2, 3 and 4kg (4, 6, & 8kg pairs) meels in around 3 weeks time. 5, 7.5 and 10kg meels should be here by the end of April.

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  2. Mike

    today I received Club I am Happy for the perfect quality And the perfect balance of Club well done in the team Bodymindfit..
    greetings from Greece

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    • PeteH

      Thank you Mike. Your Indian clubs feedback is very welcome 🙂

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  3. Andy McKenzie

    Hi,

    Just wondering if you are making anymore of the meels?

    See you are out of stock on most items?

    Andy McKenzie

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    • PeteH

      Hi Andy, yes we hope to supply a full range of Persian meels very soon. 2kg & 3kg (4kg & 6kg pairs) should be ready later this week. We also aim to have 5, 7.5, 10, and 15kg meels later in March. Also working on gadas and sang/shields of various sizes/weights.
      Regards, Peter

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  4. Xavier Lewis

    I was delighted to receive the Indian clubs and shena I had ordered. They arrived rather more quickly than I had expected and in perfect condition.
    Both pieces of kit are well made and crafted. They have a beautiful feel to them.
    All I have to do is to learn to use them properly: a whole new and exciting chapter begins.
    I have a feeling that it won’t be long before I order some meels.
    Thanks for the excellent service.

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  5. gerardo garcia

    Hola Peter,perdona que te moleste es sobre el tema de los persian melés de 7,5 tadaran mucho en salir a la venta,gracias y perdón por las molestias.

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  6. Steven

    Hi

    I am a relatively strong guy, spent 10 years in the military, but i find i have a lack of shoulder flexibility, i am wondering would these help with shoulder flexibility? If so, which club would be best recommended….standard, large, meel etc.? What weight?

    Thank you

    Steve

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    • PeteH

      Hi Steve, the circular movements are definitely something that should help. Start with Indian clubs and build up from there. Standard size should suit you. Stretching after any kind of resistance exercise should also be factored in. From my own experience shoulder improvement can be a slow journey but I know for sure that club swinging has definitely helped me. I also witnessed a friend who rehabed a damaged rotator cuff over a few months and can now swing a golf club again.

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  7. Tom

    Hi Peter, I’m looking to begin a journey in Persian yoga and so wondered where to start. I’m 6’2″ and reasonably fit. I’m not hugely bothered about the strength conditioning of club swinging, more the medatitive side, so needed a bit of an idea which meel I would be a good place to start. Are there any teachers here in the UK(south shropshire) or any resources you can recommend.
    Cheers
    tom

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    • PeteH

      Hi Paul, whether your aim is to build strength, condition your shoulders or use them more as a meditative practice, I will always advise you begin with the lighter meels. Our starting weight is the 6kg pair (3kg per meel). I would also consider using a push-up board (shena). They are designed to compliment training with meels. As far as learning in the UK, there isn’t much around, but hoping to change that soon! Should you be interested in learning good technique, then we are hosting a workshop day of meels and gada. Our teacher is Paul Wolkowinski who is stopping off on his 2017 world tour. The venue is just outside Bath in Bradford on Avon and will take place on Sunday 27 August. There will be an Indian club workshop the day before. More details of Paul’s tour dates can be found here.

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  8. Robert W.

    I am absolutely delighted. The clubs are just lovely. Perfectly balanced they are a pleasure to use. Many thanks for providing a great product and for a very thoughtful and efficient service overall.

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  9. henny clark

    Hi

    I would like to buy a set of these. Perhaps a selection of pairs to go from a beginner through to a more heavy pair. Maybe 3 pairs. I am a personal trainer and want them to use with clients. Can you give me your advice on which weights you would recommend for beginner intermediary advanced and then price them for me with shipping to York.

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      Everyone has individual needs. It depends on current level of fitness, body size and strength as well as goals and current injuries. Most guys with a reasonable level of fitness start with the Regular, military size club and build from there. Others may need to start smaller. I have a 65 yr old client who is more suited to the smaller clubs and he uses them to compliment the kettlebell class. Most of the ladies in this class of over 40s use the smaller clubs. Another has weaker wrists so she uses a lighter 600g pair. I can make smaller ones to order should they be of interest, though they are nor currently shown on the site.

      There are also considerations of size ratios between length of club to arm length. There is a very useful guide to choosing clubs on Paul Wolkowinski’s down under site. You should never have clubs that are too long.

      If you buy all three I will happily give you free delivery.

      Hope this helps,
      Peter

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  10. deborah

    Hi peter I’ve just ordered a pair of your standard clubs and I was just wondering if I could pay with paypal instead of a bank transfer

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      This is also possible. I left a message with you this morning to work out the best way. Regards, Peter

      Reply
  11. K Sayad

    I placed an order for bespoke tear drop style clubs with Peter. He was very professional and efficient. I received the clubs within two weeks of placing the order and they exceeded my expectations. They were made beautifully and of a high quality finish, meeting my specifications. I would definitely recommend Peter to anyone who would like to purchase bespoke clubs.

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  12. Tom Blake

    Hi,

    I’m interested in buying a pair of Indian clubs, but would like to know how to choose between the small clubs and the standard clubs. I am a complete beginner and recovering from a shoulder injury.

    Many thanks

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      Without seeing you in person I would not wish to guess what size is best. With compromised mobility you will also need to restrict the types of exercises you attempt whilst recovering from your injury. You may think about going for either the Small 900g clubs or even the 225kg antique teardrop Indian clubs I currently have in stock. To help your decision making may I point you to some useful online sources:
      A couple of safe Physio rehab moves to get started with.
      Simple basic shoulder move here
      Steve Cotter has some basic club moves plus some TaiChi rotator cuff flexibility exercisers in the first half of this video.
      Fun olde time style, but simple basic exercises

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      • Tom

        Thanks for the swift reply. Does height matter then? I’m 6’4″.

        I’ll have a look at the links tonight!

        Tom

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        • Peter Hodkinson

          Does height matter? It is more a concern if the clubs are too long for you as well as too heavy. With your 6’4″ frame, the standard military length probably won’t be a problem. Tool long and you risk club to club impact behind your head. For the best guidance I suggest you see what Paul Wolkowilski has to say on choosing the correct Indian clubs size. FYI. I can supply clubs to any bespoke size to suite.

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  13. G.M.Broadwater

    I placed an order for a pair of standard clubs costing £87 inc postage on 4 August 2016. As yet I have not received them. The order no. is 843 to which I have printed off your receipt. My address is GM Broadwater Glydes Cottage Ryme Intrinseca Sherborne Dorset DT9 6JT

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      Hello, I sent you an email yesterday explaining the delay due to holidays and arranged courier the same day. You should receive your clubs tomorrow or the day after. Sorry for the delay and hope you like you clubs. Best wishes, Peter

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  14. Eirini

    Hi I placed an order, and have sent you a couple of emails but I haven’t gotten any response back or an update. how do we proceed with this?

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      Hi Eirini, Just getting through the many emails on my return and apologies for not replying due to being on holiday without internet! Pleasant in many ways but not ideal for business. You should have received a message earlier confirming dispatch later today. Regards,Peter

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  15. PUCILL

    I’d like a pair of old 2nd hand clubs I’m 88 and not a life time ahead of me.I last used them in 1947 as a Corporal RAF PTI.
    Any suggestions? ?
    CHP

    2 -3lbs

    Reply
    • Peter Hodkinson

      Hello and wellcome to my Indian Clubs site. It is nice to hear from a user from a golden age of functional fitness tools and I would be happy to help. I do teach Indian Clubs to a gentleman who is 66 and he is happily using a pair of my smaller 2lb clubs. However, I cannot possibly make an assessment on someone I have not met. If you are in the Bath/Bradford on Avon area, I would be happy to meet with you and see what would be suitable. No charge as it would be an honour to help someone your age. Much needs to be considered. Current level of fitness, any injuries – past or present, any health issues etc. Also, your level of physical self-awareness, though you will have some muscle memory from earlier days I am sure. You may also be interested in a pair of original teardrop clubs I am selling for £45.

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  16. Stefan

    Hello I don’t think I’m quite right here, but I ask any way.
    Is it possible to pay with paypal? I don’t have a credit card

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      Hi Stefan, you can pay via PayPal. I am currently changing the payment system but can send you a payment request via email.

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  17. colin

    Hi peter just received my 1.5kg pair of clubs I’m very pleased with the workmanship and feel of them I hope to enjoy using them for many years to come.thankyou

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      You are very welcome, I am sure they will serve you well

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  18. Mike Lambert

    I am looking to order a pair of 1.5 kg (3.5lb) clubs

    Can you tell me how I do this please?

    Many thanks

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      Hi Mike, these larger clubs are hand-made to order and take 2-3 weeks to produce. Once payment received we will begin the process. If you wish to order, please make a PayPal payment with your address and phone number for courier. Thank you, Peter

      Reply
  19. RK

    Thanks. The postal pin will be as below

    Panchkula -134116
    Haryana
    India

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  20. RK

    Could you parcel them to a overseas address, in India please.
    What would be the cost.

    Thanks

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      A pair of 1kg clubs would cost £40 GBP. This may vary dependent on area, so I would need your postcode for accurate charge.

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  21. colin

    Hi I’m interested in buying a pair of your large 1.5kg indian clubbells how do I go about doing so

    Reply
    • Peter Hodkinson

      Hello Colin, these are hand-made to order and take 2-3 weeks to produce. Once payment received we will begin the process. If you wish to order, please make a PayPal payment with your address and phone number for courier. Thank you, Peter

      Reply
  22. Name *karre

    Comment…bonjour,
    j’aimerai me procurer des M
    eels iranien de 4 kg ,combien cela me coûterais et les frais de port pour la Belgique merci
    bien a vous
    Marcel Karre

    Reply
    • Peter Hodkinson

      Bonjour Marcel,
      Le coût est de £ 190 pour une paire de Meels, plus 37 £ de livraison en Belgique. Total 227 £ (€ 291)
      Ils sont faits à la main et de prendre 3-4 semaines pour l’expédition.
      Pour continuer, j’exige le paiement de Paypal ainsi que l’adresse de livraison et le numéro de téléphone pour le courrier.
      Cordialement, Peter Hodkinson

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  23. Rubèn

    I am very happy with the quality of indian clubs and also the speed of delivery , were already in 4 days in Barcelona! , and the care and treatment received by Peter . Thank you . Ruben

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  24. Rubèn

    I buy 2 pair indian clubs.
    as I have to do ? Thank you
    Rubèn Sanchez

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      Hello Rubén, a pair of Standard Clubs for men cost £75 + £24 P&P to Barcelona = £99 (€130)
      To order, please send a PayPal payment to: ideas@spaced.biz Regards, Peter

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  25. walter

    Very pleased with the quality and feel of these clubs.
    Customer support also was top notch.
    Looking forward to when i need a heavier pair.

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      Glad you’re pleased Walter. If you do end up wanting the 3kg Indian clubs, please remind me to add an extra groove to distinguish the different weights.

      Reply
  26. Michael

    As a complete beginner just got a pair of the 2lb clubs. Fast delivery, nicely finished, easy to grip clubs and I am already noticing some benefit from doing a few basic exercises.

    Reply
  27. Andrew kelly

    Hi. I’m a fit male looking for a good set of clubs. Would the large A club be a good start? I Have experience with some steel clubs also. Thanks!

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    • Peter Hodkinson

      Hello Andrew, you should be OK with these if you are familiar with steel clubs. Bare in mind not only the weight differential but also the length as extra leverage makes a big difference.

      Reply
  28. Tommy Lystrup

    What is the width of the handle (diameter) in mm. ?
    Kind regards
    Tommy

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    • admin

      Standard club are 29mm in the centre of the grip, tapering slightly to 27mm either side.
      Ladies clubs are 28mm in the centre of the grip, tapering slightly to 26mm either side.

      Reply
  29. Kilian

    Hi!
    Do you ship Indian Clubs to Belgium?
    Kind regards,
    Kilian

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    • admin

      Hello Kilian, We can ship a pair of standard clubs to Italy for £23 (€29). A 1kg club is very close to 2 pounds.

      Reply
  30. Medioni

    Hello there
    Can you make lighter Persian meel ???
    4.5 kg are too much heavy for beginners
    Are 2.5 kg some thing you could work on ???
    The shape of the meel is more pleasant than the clubbels …
    Many thanks for your reply
    Lionel Medioni

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    • admin

      Hi Lionel, We can scale down to suit and achieve something close to 2.5kg. It would be in an alternative wood to oak to aid lightening the weight. If genuinely interested, I can price something up for you. Regards, Peter

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  31. Brian Johnson

    How can I buy the 1.5Kg clubs? There is no order form on your site.

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    • admin

      Hi Brian, there is an email link on the site on the clubs page for ordering. I then send a Paypal invoice. Up to 3 weeks for hand turned 1.5kg clubs. Sorry for delay getting back.

      Reply
  32. admin

    Hello Nicola, I can ship to Italy for £23 (€29). A 1kg club is very close to 2 pounds. To purchase, please send PayPal payment for £104 to email pete@spaced.biz.

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  33. Nicola

    Do you shipping to Italy? How can I get an order? I am interest in a couple of 2 pounds each one indian clubs, Thanks

    Reply
  34. Pete H

    Peter,
    Got them!! Love them, great to swing and great looking.
    Cheers,
    Andy.
    Sent from my iPhone

    On 16 Jul 2014, at 16:04, Peter Hodkinson wrote:
    Hi Andrew,
    Your clubs are made and will be shipped tomorrow.
    Regards,
    Peter

    Reply
  35. Army

    I referred your website to a man who contacted me (Asif is his name) looking for indian clubs. I get quite a few people looking to buy clubs in europe and Great Britain. I will link you on my website if that is alright. I could ship to England but buying them locally can save them money.
    I simply try to promote the art of clubs.
    Regards, Army

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    • admin

      Thank you Army, very kind. I came across a YouTube of yours last year and liked your approach to teaching Indian clubs.

      Reply
    • PeteH

      Hello again Army, I was revisiting my comments page and saw your comment regarding availability of Indian clubs and Persian meels in Europe. Much has happened since then and we have expanded our range. Did you manage to link to our site as the URL may be different to what we had then?! Best wishes to you, Peter

      Reply

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The wonderful club exercise is one of the most effectual kinds of athletic training known anywhere in common use throughout India. The clubs are of wood, varying in weight according to the strength of the person using them, and in length about two feet and a half, and some six or seven inches in diameter at the base, which is level, so as to admit of their standing firmly when placed on the ground, and thus affording great convenience for using them in the swinging positions. The exercise is in great repute among the native soldiery, police and others whose caste renders them liable to emergencies where great strength of muscle is desirable. The evolutions which the clubs are made to perform, in the hands of one accustomed to their use, are exceedingly graceful, and they vary almost without limit. Beside the great recommendation of simplicity, Indian club practice possesses the essential property of expanding the chest and exercising every muscle in the body concurrently.

British Army officer in 1866

TERMS & CONDITIONS

We hope you are pleased with your purchase. Due to the nature of wood, there may be small variations in weight and appearance. However, care is taken to match pairs of clubs and meels according to closeness of weight rather than aesthetic twinning. If any item is found to be excessively defective please let us know and we will fix it, replace it or offer a refund. Unwanted items maybe returned within 7 days, provided the item is as new. We will refund the value, less a 20% handling/admin fee. Postage at the buyer’s expense.
Bespoke orders are available. Please contact us to discuss.
DELIVERY: All orders are tracked and should take few days to arrive in most parts of the UK. Services to EU countries and other parts of the World are also offered but will take longer.
Every effort is made to ensure quality of materials and accuracy of information. Please contact us if you find any issues. The nature of wood assumes a natural tolerance in the finish of some items and variety of textures are seen as . This is to be accepted as normal.
Due to the nature of wood supplies there maybe fluctuations in price. Delivery charges may also increase. We reserve the right to increase our prices where necessary.
RESOURCES: We always use air dried timber that is sustainably resourced. New timber in the UK is bought under FSC guidlines. We also use timber that has been repurposed from a previous life or is widely recognised as being a ‘weed’ in the region it was bought from. The whole business is grown from sustainable wood.
CARE: Look after your clubs or meels and this should give you a lifetime of use. Treat them to a coat of Danish oil once or twice a year to maintain the patina and protect the wood. Store them away from direct sunlight in a cool or room temperature place. Do not leave by radiators or other similar hot spots (eg south facing window) where excessive heat may be an issue. Also, avoid excessive damp or dryness.
Efforts are taken to select wood that is stable and less prone to movement or splitting. However, from time to time this may happen. Small 0.5mm cracks can be sealed with superglue. 1 to 2mm cracks can be fixed with strong wood glue or superglue gel. Anything larger can be taken care of with a mix of wood glue and wood dust. 

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