Organized Kaos
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Location: Thornhill, Ontario Canada
Member Since: 20th Dec 2001
Total posts: 238
Posted:Ye so I was watching some staffing videos and it looks like fun, so I decided to start trying staffing.
Arte there any suggestions on what is good to use as an improv staff? By that I mean without spending too much cash. By that I mean spending no cash and using something found around the house...


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Kyrian
Dreamer
Location: York, England
Member Since: 15th Mar 2002
Total posts: 4308
Posted:hehehe, ah that elusive money thing....
seriously, everyone always says that broom handles or mop handles (sans broom or mop) make great practice staffs. i stole some wood out of a friends garage... i'm now addicted to the 7/8" dowel rods i bought tho, they are much easier to play with than scrap wood. As a word of advice, tennis balls on the ends keep you from cutting yourself, and generally soften things up. I just made a pair of staffs this weekend with tennis balls....suddenly it's no longer (very) painful plus, if you want to adjust the weight, you can use pennies or washers in the tennis balls for that purpose. It's relativly easy to steal tennis balls from schools or tennis courts, if you don't want to pay for them...


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Charles
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Location: Auckland
Member Since: 27th Jun 2001
Total posts: 3989
Posted:Or...(looks very dubiously at Kyrian) you could make some cloth wicks on the end by using old t-shirts or towelling or anything else lying around.

The closer your practice staffs are compared to the actual firestaffs, the better they will be for practice...

Kyrian... I hope that this quote: It's relativly easy to steal tennis balls from schools was a joke, please don't steal stuff people, especially from schools!


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Organized Kaos
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Location: Thornhill, Ontario Canada
Member Since: 20th Dec 2001
Total posts: 238
Posted:Thanx, but two more questions
How much should it weigh??
and how long should it be??


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Kyrian
Dreamer
Location: York, England
Member Since: 15th Mar 2002
Total posts: 4308
Posted:It was mostly a joke, i did take some very beat up tennis balls out of the bushes by a local court, but i imagine they havn't been used in awhile to judge by the looks of them. i'm certainly not advocating stealing, it's one of the things that bothers me the most!

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adamrice
adamrice

poo-bah
Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:The Bec & Elke book recommend making your staff reach up to your sternum. But that's not a hard and fast rule. Mine's a bit longer, and some people have staves that are much longer or shorter than that. 48" seems to be a popular length around here.

Weight...after playing with friends' staves, I've discovered that mine are on the heavy side, mostly because the wood I use seems to be pretty dense, partly because I use a fair amount of wicking. There are pros and cons either way--a heavy staff can help carry you through awkward wrist motions, which helps you learn them initially--but that extra momentum can also hurt you, and a heavy staff is more tiring to work with.


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Dut
lurker
Location: Nashville, TN
Member Since: 22nd Mar 2002
Total posts: 380
Posted:I got your cheap right here. =) I found three 6' lenghts of bamboo at Pier One for $4. One, I'm cutting down a bit from 6' to make a long-staff. The other, I'm cutting in half (or less) to make two 3' staffs. The third, I'm cutting into sections, stringing hemp rope through and making into a 3or5 section segmented chain staff. duct tape around all the ends that might contact objects accidentalls. If weight's an issue (ie, too light), attach tennis balls to the ends. =) Not bad, eh? 3 new toys for $4 and stuff you got lying about the house. =)

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arashi
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Location: austin,tx
Member Since: 21st Mar 2002
Total posts: 2363
Posted:yeah, and as far as weight and length, they can be whatever you want! practice with a few different sizes! find a bamboo patch, thank the tree, and cut them yourself for free! old brromhandles are easy to find in the trash. some people like batons, others short staff, others long. i keep all around to experiment.

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native
native

sleeping with angels
Location: anaheim CA usa
Member Since: 16th Jun 2004
Total posts: 508
Posted:ok here is what you want to know... if you dont want to get hurt dont use staff!!! ok now thats thats said. buy a wooden dowe how ever long you want by cotton sheet (REALLY CHEAP)
WRAP THE END and lite the mother f*cker up!!!


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Mayhem
stick boy!
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
Member Since: 21st Mar 2002
Total posts: 117
Posted:Your best bet is to try different lengths of staffs until you find whats right for you. I have a long staff, 5 foot, and a short staff, about 3 foot. Depends on what you want to do, some moves you cant do with a long staff as opposed to a short staff, or at least not as easily. I wrapped the ends of my practice staff with cotton towel and wrapped duct tape round it to soften the hits, as you will hit yourself time to time. Also, look at thickness. My short staff is a broom handle, nice and thin. My burn staff is a dowel rod(closet rod) and it is thick. Now i practice with my long burn staff and made covers for them so i dont get soot on myself when/if i hit myself so i am actually practicing with the same staff i burn with. Hope it helps and keep practicing. Look for contact staff moves, they are incredible!! Love the contact shtuff!!

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Look I've changed my title!
Location: England
Member Since: 10th Aug 2004
Total posts: 209
Posted:An old broom handle was my first staff. I cut up some green bin liners into a flag sorta shape and taped them to the ends of my staff.

Staff doesnt hurt when it hits you (at least not when i hit myself) it can just get frustrating if you keep hitting yourself in the head. The only time i hurt myself with staff was when i was practicing at night and i whacked my self on the back of my head, i was wandering round in a dazed sate for a while lol.

Staffs fun you should really get into it quite quickly, the basics are fairly easy to master once you get the momevement of them in your head.


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thor
thor

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Location: Portland, Oregon
Member Since: 19th Feb 2004
Total posts: 181
Posted:my staff is a slightly bendy broom handle i picked up at the flea market for $1.

wrapped a couple of bar mops around the ends, lit er up, and burned the ends off. really, i forgot that wood burns.

so now, after making a great set of juggling torches from a piece of 3/4" aluminum tube, i'm going for a couple of staves from that material.

oh, and if you can afford it, pick up a couple of tennis racket grips and wrap the middle with em, it helps.


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Sterlingspider
Sterlingspider

Senator by day, Sith Lord by night.
Location: Suffolk, New York
Member Since: 25th Aug 2002
Total posts: 128
Posted:Hmmm, unfortunately I dont remember what materials for my staff came out to, but it was definately less then 10 bucks for the staff parts at the Home Despot. The wick was the most 'spensive part by far.



I got a 3/4 inch copper pipe which I cut down to 51 inches (about shoulder height on me) got a wood dowel just thick enough to fit and slid that in, capped it with 2 copper end caps. Drilled holes through cap, pipe and dowel and then another inch or so in on the pipe. I made a grip by wrapping the middle with string (macrame style, with a knotted spiral pattern) and coating that in layers of rubber tool dip I had laying around.

Practice staff done.



To make that into a fire staff:

In short: When I got wick I slathered the whole end in white glue, started wrapping the wick around and once all wrapped I drilled the screws through wick and dowel. I put a bunch of coats of white glue on the exposed metal at the very end and a couple of inches below the wick to protect the pipe.

It was actually a lot more involved then that and involved figuring out how to blind rig my staff, which was easy to do, but hard to describe. I started trying but figured I'd spare you.

Anyone interested in the how of that is free to PM me.



Soak. Burn. Spin. Repeat as necessary.


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Ezza
newbie
Location: Bunbury, Western Australia
Member Since: 15th Oct 2004
Total posts: 9
Posted:Great tips guys. I cant wait to make my first staff!

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"if i jump in the fire, will you?"
Location: USA, wishing I was in SA
Member Since: 1st Jul 2004
Total posts: 633
Posted:Written by: native

ok here is what you want to know... if you dont want to get hurt dont use staff!!! ok now thats thats said. buy a wooden dowe how ever long you want by cotton sheet (REALLY CHEAP)
WRAP THE END and lite the mother f*cker up!!!



Amen.


i like the sounds of that !!! gotta love those broom handles hey ! once youve stopped hitting anyting and everything with it (like youre some kind of Jedi Knight), you can light it and it looks very nice ubblol


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whitehawk
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Member Since: 12th Oct 2004
Total posts: 23
Posted:I use a 54 cm staff.

But I'm strange.


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{anthrax}
{anthrax}

Look I've changed my title!
Location: England
Member Since: 10th Aug 2004
Total posts: 209
Posted:Exactly 54cm?? can you not use any other length like 53cm?

:P


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whitehawk
newbie

Member Since: 12th Oct 2004
Total posts: 23
Posted:Well I was jus tlike "yeah about this long will do" and it turned out to be 54 cm :P

I'm looking at getting a longer staff (108cm) biggrin


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ado-p
ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland
Member Since: 13th May 2004
Total posts: 3882
Posted:Is it a fire staf whitehawk?

Love is the law.

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"if i jump in the fire, will you?"
Location: USA, wishing I was in SA
Member Since: 1st Jul 2004
Total posts: 633
Posted:my next staff will be 106.68cm . i think that length is optimum!

the .68 is very crucial biggrin


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Rainbow Bright
Rainbow Bright

member
Location: Bournemouth,UK
Member Since: 13th Aug 2004
Total posts: 44
Posted:Im so proud of myself-gotta tell someone! ubbrollsmile
Just made a very cheap,lightweight(cos Im a scardey cat,and staff newbie) interchangable glow staff!
Started off with a box of very lovely Home of Poi led glowsticks,and a 2metre length of 22mm plastic overflow pipe!(wanted some clear tubing,but couldnt find any,and the overflow pipe was only a qiud!)
cut the pipe into various lengths,and push the glowsticks into the ends.As the glowstick are tapered at each end,and the pipe is slightly flexible,you get quite a snug fit,so just keep connecting, pipe,glowstick,pipe,glowstick...
Probably not very durable,but I wanted something to practice indoors with and not break stuff,and so far it works fine!
Happy Bunny!
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Rainbow Bright
Rainbow Bright

member
Location: Bournemouth,UK
Member Since: 13th Aug 2004
Total posts: 44
Posted:And here it is!
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pozee
old hand
Location: san diego
Member Since: 27th Jul 2001
Total posts: 886
Posted:10 feet of aluminum conduit at home depot- $1.48...


cutting it into 2 staffs five feet long(or whatever your pleasure)-free (tools at home depot)...

seeing the look on your face when it gets bent after a wicked blow to the head
Priceless...


anyone got a light?

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