In this article, I am going to share our best tips on how to take care of your wooden Indian clubs.
Ron, CEO of Heroic Sport, turns all our Indian clubs by hand himself, right here where our office is located. He has been working with wood since he was a young boy, and has a lifetime experience with this fantastic material.
Here are the things to watch out for, let’s get into it.
Practice with Indian clubs on soft surfaces
This might seem obvious, but practicing over concrete or floor tiles is not a good idea.
Dropping the clubs on a hard surface is asking for trouble. Your clubs will become dented and may even crack or break.
If training indoors, train over a rug or some kind of mat to soften the impact, should anything go wrong.
Storing your wooden Indian clubs
The following information will make all the difference, specially if you’re not going to swing your clubs for a while.
Wood prefers stable and consistent temperatures, so always keep your wooden Indian clubs in a cool and dry area.
Do not leave them close to a window in direct sunlight.
Light will mainly affect the color of the wood, but temperature fluctuations may affect moisture content of the wood, causing shrinkage or even a bend.
Therefore, never store your wooden clubs near a radiator or on heated floors. You have been warned!
Regular maintenance of your wooden Indian clubs
When you receive a set of our wooden Indian clubs, they have been finished with a coat of high grade Danish oil. The coat of oil brings out the tones and beauty of the wood.
The layer of Danish oil acts as a sealing and protective coating. Minimum stuff goes out or in! If the clubs gather some dirt spots, you can easily wipe them off with a damp cloth.
Danish oil cures in a very short time, and gives a light satin finish that is non slippery. We recommend you apply a thin coat of oil with a rag (use gloves too), when you feel the need for it, or maybe once a year.
We have simply decided to use the most expensive and natural product on the market. Cheap Danish oil is cut with nasty synthetic products.
Other oils will nourish the wood as well, but they might leave a more tacky feeling though.
Work the oil in the wood using elbow grease, and dry off the excess oil with a cloth.
A traditional oil mixture for Karlakattais is 3 parts castor oil and 1 part neem oil. Leave to dry for at least an hour. These oils, like vegetable cooking oils do not truly cure (harden) so you will need to oil your clubs more frequently.
Another option could be to use some beeswax. We used beeswax during our prototype phase but it was to sticky for our liking, and grime accumulated on the handles too fast…
Last advice about how to take care of your wooden Indian clubs
Be aware that some furniture oils or waxes may content some additives that are not so environment friendly. You may absorb them trough your skin, so take the appropriate decisions for your health.
What about varnished Indian clubs?
Varnish is used by some Indian clubs manufacturers as it is very low maintenance. We do not use it on our wooden Indian clubs, as we found out early on that the handles tended to become very slippery, and do not like the glossy finish.
On top of that, varnish does not offer any advantages when it comes to impact. Yes, you are bound to whack your clubs together when learning new patterns, so they will get nicks and dents. It’s all part of the learning curve, and why we recommend using Pahlavandle to new beginners, or when working on new combinations.