As a hobby builder of kubb sets does the wood really matter? I mean other than what some find to last longer does a standard density really matter? I can see a tournament always using the same type of sets, but even there there is a difference in pieces that may be slower growth poplar vs faster growing stuff. I know a set I got from OTG has one piece with a knot in it that is about 3x heaver than the lighter pieces. If tournaments says.."we are using Ash sets so you are just going to have to deal with it. Would anyone care? Would it really matter? What about the rule book?
I have made a set out of Walnut and I don't know if it has a dent in it from the batons. That being said, I couldn't afford to make/use sets for a tournament out of Walnut. I have mad a set out of douglas fir that looks like it has been through a war with pieces falling off after a few months use. Cheap, light, cost effective to run a tournament. If all the sets were the same would ruin the integrity of the game?
Getting a cheap hardwood in the correct dimension in Minnesota has proven to be a slight problem. I actually get my poplar from out East. I'd love to find a local supplier, but... So I'll continue to get what I can from where I can. I also make some cheaper sets that we use all the time and all my friends have. Pine kubbs with poplar dowels. Seems like a good combo since pine dowels left us with slivers/spinters etc and I can produce them at a reasonable price and get people into the game.
I've seen mutliple places selling "hardwood" sets that are really just pine, but most people don't know the difference. I've found hardwood sets cheaper, but they aren't "tournament sized" either.
What type of wood is used in Sweden? Europe?
Sorry for the ramblings, but as I spend hours making sets for fun in my garage I think about his stuff. I know I forgot 2/3 of the quesitons I thought about in garage the last two days so I'll add those in later.