Many hardwoods have been used for Skittle pins over the years including Sycamore, Applewood, Maple and probably strongest of all Hornbeam (still used by players of the old game of London Skittles). Presently, Masters Traditional Games obtains skittle pins made from Rubberwood, Sycamore and Beech timber. They are suitable both for fun and for serious skittling.
The timber used for our Sycamore timber is excellent quality and the pins are solid rather than laminated which many skittlers prefer. Sycamore is not as long-lasting as beech but it is also less expensive.
Our Rubber wood pins use timber sourced from overseas but are turned in England. Rubber wood pins may be made from more than one piece of bonded timber - some skittle teams don't like this but normally the bonds between the timber are stronger than the wood itself and can hardly be seen. Our Rubberwood pins are used successfully by many skittles teams and pubs across the country and should generally last for at least a season under normal useage. They are good quality pins that are less expensive than the solid wood pins.
The Rubberwood pins are given a waxed and oiled finish. But they are not varnished or dipped.
Rubberwood Skittle pins are normally dispatched quickly but occasionally run out of stock at busy times of year. Give us a ring to check stock if lead time is important to you.
Both Rubberwood, Sycamore and Beech skittle pins tend to deteriorate over time by denting. Ideally they should be rubbed down with a linseed oil rag at the end of each session.
For information on what to do if you have a problem with a skittle pin, please read our Timber Quality Statement.