Gripping with Listing

This album deals with gripping a club with a listing, as you would want to do to reproduce a 19th century grip. Whilst grips of 20th century wooden shafted clubs mostly consisted of just a leather wrap, with pitch applied to the shaft to keep the leather in place, 19th century grips pretty much always had a listing wrap, generally of woollen cloth, with hide wrapped over that listing, producing a much fatter and rather softer grip, with something of a taper. Some sources indicate that sheepskin was most commonly used for the hide wrap in the 19th century, but bare sheep hide is almost unobtainable now, so I would use a suitable substitute from hides that I could obtain. This album show the application of a grip with listing, from start to finish (but starting with a bare shaft). As always, see the individual pictures and their captions if you want all the details, or skip if you don't want details. Comments and questions are welcome.

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I generally use a felt type material for listing, basically because a strip of this can be cut without it fraying, whereas woven cloth tends to fray badly when cut in a thin strip. I appreciate this is not exactly historically correct. Also, this cloth is probably polyester, rather than wool. But a fairly correct effect can be obtained this way. On the right are other cloth pieces I have for listing.

I start, as for a regular grip, by wrapping friction tape onto the shaft. The club being gripped here is the same Auchterlonie club shown in the An Exercise in Rust Removal album.

Having wrapped the whole length where the grip is to be with friction tape, I start the listing wrap by making a 'mitre' and marking where the listing meets.

I cut across the two marks made on the mitre, to make a tapered end on the listing, and then drill a pilot hole for a top tack, with a small bit in a pin vise.

I put in a top tack (here a 5mm tack from Etsy).

I put the top of the shaft on my small anvil...

...and tap home the top tack with a tack hammer.

Now I wrap the listing, starting by overlapping at the top tack.

Almost as soon as the top tack is passed, the wrap will be shifted to that the listing meets edge to edge.

Here the listing is being wrapped as neatly as possible edge to edge, which will continue right down.

The listing wrap is stopped some way short of where the hide wrap is to stop - at least half an inch, and some historic grips seem to stop the listing as much a 2 inches above the end of the hide.

Where the listing is to end, it is marked, so that the excess can be cut off.

The listing is cut across the two marks, removing the excess, and leaving a tapered end.

A pilot hole is drilled for the bottom tack.

The bottom tack is put in, the same way as the top tack.

Now a need hide for the wrap. I cut a piece from a thin, flexible hide, tapering from 1.25" to 1", and about 36" long. Note that a slightly longer hide piece will be needed for a grip with listing, due to the extra thickness being wrapped.

Here is the piece of hide that I have cut for this grip.

Now I start the hide wrap by making a 'mitre' at the top of the shaft'

I mark the hide, so I can cut a tapered end.

I cut across the two marks, making a tapered end on the hide.

Now I drill a pilot hole for the top tack.

I put in a top tack. A slightly larger tack may be needed, due to the extra thickness. The 7mm Etsy tacks should be plenty big enough.

I wrap the hide, overlapping over the top tack. I am wrapping this hide smoother side out, since even the smooth side of this is a little rough, quite suitable for a listed grip. If I were wrapping a firmer leather smooth side in, I would put another layer of friction tape over the listing before wrapping the leather (not really historical, but it provides a firmer grounding for the leather wrap, which may tend to slip otherwise, when smooth side in).

Once past the top tack, the hide is wrapped edge to edge. Since this is a new hide, I wrap it under some tension... that is to say, I pull it tight as I am wrapping it.

I wrap the hide right past the end of the listing... just below where I ended the first wrap of friction tape.

I mark both sides of the hide, and cut off the excess.

Now I drill a pilot hole for the final bottom tack.

I insert the bottom tack into the pilot hole with tweezers...

...and tap it home on the anvil.

Here is the finished bottom of the grip with listing, ready for whipping.

And here is the top. It is normal that the listing is visible at the top.

For this grip, since it is basically white, I am going to use some white waxed thread. I picked up a bunch of small spools like this from a local craft outlet that was going out of business.

I start the bottom whipping below the bottom of the wrap, and whip up onto the leather.

Here I have put my puller into the whipping. This white thread is almost transparent, so you can see the puller through it.

I pull the end of the thread back through and cut it off, to finish the whipping. As you can see, this is the original, stamped Auchterlonie shaft on this club.

This is the best I could manage as a picture of the top of the grip with the top whipping. If I used flash, everything washed out, being white-on-white. I have played this club, and am quite comfortable with this grip.

Ken Leedham, GHSC. If you have questions or comments, please email