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FireDollJamienewbie
14 posts
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CAN


Posted:
Hey,

I've had a friends aluminum 5' staff for a few years and done ok with it, but the center joint is not good, requires duct tape to attach, and is a little light for my tastes. Would like to buy one that's a little heavier and made from better materials.

Seeing a lot of people talk about having got new staffs, or made new staffs, but nothing as to where they are getting 'em from. If you have web links for places that people are making / buying their staffs could you post 'em here?

Ottawa is rather lacking in places to support my learning to spin.

quietanalytic
503 posts
Location: bristol


Posted:
1. durbs

2. home-made is best

3. www.fuckinggoogleit.com

4. um, HoP sells stuff . . . ture na sig

FireDollJamienewbie
14 posts
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CAN


Posted:
Thanks for the snarkyness, 'preciate it!

I have google'd it and other than bearclaw I haven't really seen anything that has appealed to me, but do not have the tools / skills necessary to make what I have in mind. A friends' friend made one that I would have liked (for her) but isn't making them anymore.

Hence asking the other people here on HOP.

LavatwilightGOLD Member
old hand
834 posts
Location: Wellington somerset, UK


Posted:
jamie, i am going to be in ottawa, in july, spin some time?

will have to make my self a pair of staves when i am there, so could maybe help you out smile Drawings by chalk minds, strech between the stars Kyle Mclean- Contact without dance is like sex without wiggling. A) it does feel as good B) it does not look as good on film

FireDollJamienewbie
14 posts
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CAN


Posted:
Definately like that idea! Ottawa has some great parks to spin in with great background for photos. (Major's Hill Park, Astrolab and Art Gallery grounds, etc)

I've always *wanted* to light up off the eternal flame in front of our parliament buildings. I say *wanted* because I've since found out there are snipers in hiding spots watching the grounds 24 x 7 so that one has taken a back seat for a while.

My e-mail is on my bio page. When you get your schedule confirmed, drop me a line and can plan it out from there.

quietanalytic
503 posts
Location: bristol


Posted:
'pologies for the snarkyness, i guess it must have been late

making staves is pretty easy; you just need some metal, some wick, a drill, and a few self-tapping screws

internal dowelling and grip is optional [but recommended]

oh, and something to clamp the metal, I suppose - although I've drilled aluminium before using my foot to keep it in place.


seriously, though, don't overestimate how difficult it is. give it a go. ture na sig

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
i've found that an open thick old book is a very handy mount for drilling round things on. Love is the law.

quietanalytic
503 posts
Location: bristol


Posted:
that strikes me as a good idea

chrome steel is pretty hard to get the drill going on, though - you'll find it slides off quite easily. shouldn't have the same problem with aluminium, though.

if you use steel, best bet is to clamp a wooden block on top of the staff and drill through the block; the block acts as a guide, and makes sure that the drill bit stays perpendicular to the long axis of the staff. ture na sig

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
wrap the kevlar around the staff first. Tape it on tot he pole and Glue it in place with pva glue (white glue) before you wrap it around.



fold back about an inch of the wick when underneath to stop fraying (cover it in glue first) then wrap masking tape around the whole wick. this stops the wick catching on the drill bit



drill straight through the tape, wick, ali and dowel in one fowl swoop. makes a nice handy hole for the screw straight through the wick.



getting the tape of the wick is a very frustrating experience. i found out completly by accident that if you soak it in parrafin first the glue disolves and the tape just falls off.



dont go to far through the wood though as it gives the screw something to cut a thread into...



best of luck



a Love is the law.

quietanalytic
503 posts
Location: bristol


Posted:
one fowl swoop?

doesn't that hurt the chicken? ture na sig

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
yeah, maybe i should get a real drill...

smile Love is the law.

FireDollJamienewbie
14 posts
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CAN


Posted:
I've got access to a drill press so maintaining verticality (favourite line from a Simpons' show was the Don King impersonation looking for a pugalist who can maintain verticality for 30 seconds) of the drill bit isn't a tough task. And with a countersink / awl to start the pilot hole on the metal I should be okay.

I tried one before, but wanted to make it out of wood entirely and the double-threaded screw system I used didn't work good at all. First attempt didn't hold, second attempt held but was not angled perfectly centered. Plus wasn't strong enough to handle even a couple of drops.

Most of my technical skills have a limited shelf-life as 'proof of concept' creations. Other than my 5-frequency geodesic dome though. That baby is an engineering masterpiece!

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
nice one fire doll, i love the proof of concept creations wink

have you played around with any hoop baton ideas?

im trying to think of a way to let the staff rotate along its own axis while its attached to a hoop.

the you can do hoop steves smile Love is the law.

mcpPLATINUM Member
Flying Water Muppet
5,276 posts
Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom


Posted:
1 inch thick swivels? "the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
i was thinking t-connectors facing in. bit of oil maybe. or a fixed stick with a rotating barrell around it. like mechs flags.

you could just rotate the t-connectors to the outside and put fire on em if you wanted a solo hoop again.

a hoop staff seperation/joining move would be most tasty. but also very silly. Love is the law.

mechBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
6,207 posts
Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom


Posted:
so you wnat to put a hoop on a stick, like nate was doing, but remove the tape, and have it done correctly

but you also wnat to be able to remove the hoop to either use as a hoop or fire staff, is that right?

want me to have a think, see what i can do? Step (el-nombrie)

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
cool smile Love is the law.

FireDollJamienewbie
14 posts
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CAN


Posted:
I'll nod my head in agreement like I know what you mean ;P

mechBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
6,207 posts
Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom


Posted:
would you wnat the staff to have wicks on as well? Step (el-nombrie)

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
it would be over kill

so yes

smile Love is the law.

GelflingBRONZE Member
Watcher of 80s cartoons
665 posts
Location: Chepstow & Bristol, United Kingdom


Posted:
Interesting - what about a staff with walking stick handle style hooks on the end? >What do you think about the state of the Earth? >I'm optimistic. >So why do you look so sad? >I'm not sure that my optimism is justified.

mechBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
6,207 posts
Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom


Posted:
to what end, g? Step (el-nombrie)

ZauberdachSometimes sword wofter
199 posts
Location: Edinburgh


Posted:
You can buy staffs from te POOKa at https://www.tepooka.org/toys.htm
the pictures are accurate but the information on the page is out of date so if you want details about prices and stuff drop us an email at toy@tepooka.org IMPORTANT: Any views or opinions are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of a sane person. "just get the f**k on with it and make me the anti-christ already!"

mechBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
6,207 posts
Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom


Posted:
you ca buy staffs really from most of the staff performers

myself
rob (pooka)
strugz
ado-p

there are quite a few, nice selections

rob sticks are light, and slick and sexy

ado-p are nice a thin to

mine are around mid weight, but can be anyweight, thin and sleek, or heavy as a rock

strugz, are nice and weighty! Step (el-nombrie)

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
smile

my staffs are pook sticks

i have a few others too. my practise staff was made by a freind at home here.

gotta love the pooks though, highly recommended. Love is the law.

mechBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
6,207 posts
Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom


Posted:
do you mean the sticks you had at ed where pook sticks? Step (el-nombrie)

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
Yep smile Love is the law.

mechBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
6,207 posts
Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom


Posted:
buy you said they where mild steel

the ones with the tennia balls on them? Step (el-nombrie)

ado-pGOLD Member
Pirate Ninja
3,882 posts
Location: Galway/Ireland


Posted:
ah no, that was made right here at home. as it says above....

i've only got one of those though. and its in for a service at the moment because i dont know how to treat it right.

my 1.5m doubles are pooks. Love is the law.

mechBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
6,207 posts
Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom


Posted:
ahhh ok

ill make some more staffs soon(ish) and then start posting pictures of them

mainly as im far to slack to take pics of them when i make them, they dont come out to good! Step (el-nombrie)

LurchBRONZE Member
old hand
929 posts
Location: Oregon, USA


Posted:
I'm not exactly a high class spinner, and rarely touch a staff but maybe I'll have to give it a think... #homeofpoi -- irc.newnet.net Come talk to us we're bored Warning: Please Do Not Jump On The Seals

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