O'Connors Irish Bodhran Drum Beater Tipper Stick - Dartmoor Gorse Wood.
Finished with linseed oil and beeswax for a warm touch and protection.
Made from Dartmoor Gorse, also knwn as Furze or Whin bush.
This is a particularly nice tipper with one side very well marked and the other much clearer with a creamy coloured finish. The notches and marks although looking rough are smooth so no need to worry about your bodhran skin.
A straight piece of Gorse is hard to find due to it's twisted growth pattern and gnarly structure, so we therefore prize a piece when found. It is then made into one of our O'Connors Tippers by an Irish Craftsman. We are always surprised and intrigued by the nature of the wood and unique variations in pattern.
Gorse is also associated with the Celtic God Lugh (the Celtic God of Sun and Summer) due to its bright, yellow flowers.
In Irish custom, a twig of Gorse was often hung in dwellings, or worn on clothing. It was thought that like the Gorse tree, wearing a twig would help you overcome any adversity.
A bride would wear a sprigg of gorse, she would have to cut it herself, however, as it was considered unlucky to give or receive as a gift.
Thorny bushes such as Gorse, hawthorn, blackthorn and blackberry, were considered to belong to the Sidhe or fairy folk and therefore be under their protection. These trees where thought to guard entrances to the Otherworld, and so were thought of as sacred or cursed, depending on one’s beliefs.
Feedback on our Tippers.
Jeni on 12 Jan, 2021
5 out of 5 stars (Ash Wood Tipper)
Outstanding workmanship! Beautiful tipper - perfectly balanced and a dream to use! Just brilliant! Thanx so much!
19/01/21 (Brush Style Dowel Tipper)
Just wanted to say this tipper has exceeded my expectations. It arrived this morning and to see each dowel shaped to fit perfectly together was a fantastic surprise. I had purchased something similar for much less and have been very disappointed. Oh it plays amazing too. Thank you. Clive