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.
Golf Ball Charcoal