A Tailored Experience
The craft of Hurleymaking is now in its 3rd generation at Torpey’s. During each generation the demands of the Hurley
have changed and so the crafting process has also changed. In the past Patrick ‘Pop’ Torpey would have crafted his
Hurley sitting by the fire from an ash plant obtained from the farm. The process from start to finish may have taken
months but he ultimately created a stick to meet his needs.
Having seen ‘Pop’ Torpey’s skills as a young boy company founder and Torpey master craftsman John Torpey continued the craft. He began crafting with hand tools and small scale equipment until his products became so popular he needed to invest in modern machinery to help meet the demands of the modern player whilst also maintaining the highest quality of every Hurley produced.
Today we have a number of master craftsmen who help shape many Hurleys used every year in GAA clubs across Ireland and abroad.
Compared to many other industries the process of Hurley creation still involves hand finishing and craft work at many stages. Discussion with players about their individual preferences is also a huge part of the crafting process even today. The images above show the different stages each Torpey must go through, to be considered a Torpey work of craft.