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sparrowhawk
newbie

Member Since: 17th Sep 2006
Total posts: 1
Posted:hey hey

ive been looking around for quite awhile, and the only staffs i can find are ones which are used with fire, like with wicks

where are they??? (as in just a plain staff)

.....sorry for sounding really dumb but i you kinda have to when you are starting off wink rolleyes



TheApprovingNinja
TheApprovingNinja

From the Ashes of a Ninja Rise THE HIPS OF RAGE
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 8th Jul 2003
Total posts: 371
Posted:ends are totally a must, the padding although it seems light will add weight to the ends which makes a huge difference in the handling of a staff. I would also totally recommend additional weighting the ends.



as for wood or ali, it's totally a personal preference, wood has a bit more weight to it but can break after high throws. ali won't break but might bend, I would recommend titanium, meg has one and it's a beaut, just put loads of weight on the ends and it'll spin like a dream

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squid
squid

sanguine
Location: sur
Member Since: 15th Apr 2007
Total posts: 382
Posted:sweet. Thanks for the advice. I opted for wood, due to its weight and low cost. I wanted to focus on learning contact anyways, so very high throws are not in my immediate future. Its 5 ft (approximately 140 cm) with 1/2 a meter of grip in the middle and 4 inches of foam pool noodles attached with duct tape. I am already loving it.

While I dont know if this is ideal for contact, I have been able to pick up wrist stops, pinwheels, and a half of a conveyor belt move so far, using it.

now back to practice. smile


"to a man whose only tool is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail." Abraham Maslow


FireTom
Stargazer

Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:1) padding at the ends
2) Aluminum with a full wodden core (weight watchers!!! -> Alu 20mm x 1.5-2mm max)

Apart from that, there is a formula regarding the length and mass of a "perfect stick" (same as with Poi: head, chain and handle) - I am leaving the calcultion of it up to the next generation of nerdy spinners to work it out. wink


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squid
squid

sanguine
Location: sur
Member Since: 15th Apr 2007
Total posts: 382
Posted:Well, out of curiosity, what is an approximate weight appropriate for a contact staff of, say, 5ft (~150-160 cm). Is 1.5 lbs ok, or should it be heavier?

"to a man whose only tool is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail." Abraham Maslow


Rellizate
Rellizate

old hand
Location: Cambridge, UK
Member Since: 10th Feb 2007
Total posts: 719
Posted:That's probably the lightest to use for contact. I have a staff that weight, and I find it considerably harder to do contact than my 3lbs staff.


aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:I took aluminium and then put short lengths of lead pipe between crimped lengths at the end. So see how long it is, add a bit and put a crimp in the pipe. Then drop the lead down and crimp it closed.

It seems to work ok.


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