Feathery Golf Ball

Feathery Golf BallGolf ClubThe golf game we know today originated from Scotland, The Scots played in open fields with the purpose of knocking a small ball into a hole in the ground. The Dutch was also credited with something similar but used a target. At first the Scots used tree branches with durved ends for their clubs (like the Dutch). But the Scots came up with the idea to attach a separate head of wood, stone or metal to the end of the wooden shafts.

Prior to 1848, golf balls were made of three pieces of thin softened leather, usually untanned bull's hide. The two round ends and middle strip were sewn together tight with wax linen thread leaving only a small hole that served two purposes.

The first was to hide the stitching seams by turning the ball outside in, the second was for stuffing with feathers.

Feathers, the recipe called for as many as a tall hat would hold, after bringing several pints of bird feathers to the boil, you can enjoy their smell as you start cutting and stitching the skin of the leather ball. Leaving just the tiniest of holes, you then stuff the ball with the wet feathers. The finished article may look like a meatball, but give it a few days to dry and the leather will shrink and the feathers harden. A final ducking in some healthy white lead paint and you're done.

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