pj
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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Member Since: 8th May 2001
Total posts: 277
Posted:Well, I did it. After nearly two months of thinking about it, I finally did it.Born from the idea of Pele's Jacob's Ladder at the ECSF comes... after two days of construction ... Uberpoi!Uberpoi is 50 inches (1.3 meter) long contains FOUR poi heads. 18 feet of heavy wick were used in it's creation. I don't know how much it weighs, but let me tell you I am glad I used cable and aluminium hardware!Each of the wicks is separated by a distance of six inches. The outside wicks contain more kevlar than the inside ones. Unfortunately, I did not quite get the math right, and the outer wicks still burn out first. But, I still get at least a five minute burn time before the first wick goes out. I expect this to get better as the wick wears in.Neither of my two spotters felt up to to the challenge, so I cannot say personally how cool they look. As to how they feel, all I have to say is that I need to get to the gym more. But reports are they are pretty freakin' cool.Once Prote hears, I'm sure she will want to see the finished product, and hopefully I can convince her to take pics. Maybe we can even get pics of her spinning it. ;-)Oh, and one word of warning. Do not attempt to use Uberpoi while altered. Not your first time out, anyways. I don't care how experienced you are. Trust me on this one. mmmmmmmm-kay?-p.

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protozoa
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Location: Baltimore, MD USA
Member Since: 2nd Feb 2001
Total posts: 148
Posted:Hooray hooray for prodigous PJ!
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You make me proud, p. I'll be happy to take pictures, naturally. Or help ya break 'em in.
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Pele
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the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:pj...congrats on making your own set.I tiered the wicks on the jacob's ladder as I had discussed with ya'll, right after I got home in fact from the ecsp...and they burn about right now...the biggest one at the bottom is in no danger of going out first since it is soooo big.Anyway...it sounds like you used my specs exactly though. My wicks are set 6 inches apart and the chains are 50 inches (I still like chains to cables). So I am curious, what did you change for the jl?We have a video of the jl that once edited down I am going to be sending to Malcolm.I can't wait to see the pics of yours.
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Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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pj
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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Member Since: 8th May 2001
Total posts: 277
Posted:Well, the biggest difference between Uberpoi and your Jacob's Ladder is that I made a *pair* of them. ;-) Oh, and there is a clip on the bottom of each poi for an additional head. Or, you could clip the two of them together. But I'm just not ready to go there yet...-p.

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Mr Sock
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Location: Dover, DE
Member Since: 28th Apr 2001
Total posts: 94
Posted:Accually, i did pretty much the same thing. I made myself a pair of something that probably resembles pele's jacob's ladder (it sounded cool, had to try it
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) They *are ridiculously heavy, tho mine are a little shorter than what you're talking about. I've recently been using one of them stretched out (since i double them over and then attatch my wicks in between) as the meteor i've been playin with recently. Long chains are fun!------------------"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted" - Martin Luther King Jr.


Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted - Martin Luther King Jr.

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pj
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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Member Since: 8th May 2001
Total posts: 277
Posted:Welp, Prote invited me and a few other fire folk over to her place for dinner, merryment and fire. After a most yummy meal, and an even yummier desert, we got out Prote's way-cool digital camera and set up for fire in the back yard.I dove right in with the Uberpoi, and of course both Banz and Prote had to follow. Another friend Moke who start started practicing about six weeks ago, and did fire three weeks ago, even tried his hand. Vees did most of the camera work, but we passed it all arround.In any case, here are some links to the pics we took this evening. Be warned that the full-size pics are directly as they came from the camera.at 1600x1200 resolution and are HUGE. But at least, we do have a thumbnail index to let you see what we've got.http://www.calefaction.org/photos/peter/http://www.calefaction.org/photos/moke/http://www.calefaction.org/photos/banz/http://www.calefaction.org/photos/prote/Enjoy!-p.

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Posted:they look great!Great balls of fire!
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pj
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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Member Since: 8th May 2001
Total posts: 277
Posted:The above URLs may no longer work. Go here instead for an index:http://www.calefaction.org/photos/bbq/And yes, we know the date is wrong.The closest we've got to construction photos right now is:http://www.calefaction.org/photos/bbq/everyone/dscn1175.jpgLeft to right, that's Banz, Knarph, me, and Moke's arm. Oh, and yeah, just getting all eight wicks lit is no small task. ;-)-p.

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