CC Chattell and Reshafting Hickory Irons

One of my favorite people came around the other day to have Charlie reshaft a hickory iron using the hickory shaft from another club. This guy buys, collects and sells golf clubs, vintage and new, and has a good eye for what makes money. A complete set of hickory irons is much more valuable than individual clubs.

A set of matching irons, typically six or seven pieces, (they weren't all numbered 100 years ago the way they are now) is hard to find. This collector found such a set but one of the irons had a shaft that didn't match the rest of the clubs. He also found an iron with the right hickory shaft that did match. So he had to find someone to swap the shafts.

This is not a job you can give to your local big box golf store to do. It's not even a job you can give most independent golf retailers to handle because it requires tools and expertise that vanished early in the last century. But you can get that job done here at Klees Golf Shop.

Charlie effortlessly (more or less) removed the good hickory shaft from one club and installed it on the iron head. This required removing a pin that fits through the iron head neck into the hickory shaft. Since each pin hole is drilled by hand Charlie had to re-drill the good shaft so that the pin would fit properly when he installed the iron head. Plus, he had to finish the work so that the pin would not not be visible.

The collector was very pleased with the finished product and gave Charlie a CC Chattell smooth faced Midiron as payment. This club is beautiful.

It has Chattell's cleek mark showing that he made clubs in New York and Chicago - something I didn't know. It also has a smooth face, indicating that this midiron was made around 1900. The highly polished hickory shaft is in excellent condition and the leather grip looks barely used. Overall, this is a very nice club.