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Chiumanfu
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Location: Vancouver BC
Member Since: 17th Jan 2004
Total posts: 1
Posted:What do you use to stuff in the core of a monkey fist poi? Does it have to be fire-proof material or can I just use something super absorbant like cotton balls?

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Heath
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Member Since: 29th Nov 2003
Total posts: 36
Posted:I use a 1.5" wooden ball. You can acquire these from craft stores, they are sold as doll's heads, I think. I then drill a 5/32" hole through the center of the wooden ball and another 1/4" hole half way through. I make a loop of 1/16" stainless wire rope (from West Marine) through the hole and I swage an oval onto the two ends. The swaged bit will fit nicely inside section of wooden ball drilled to 1/4" leaving a loop out the end. My wicks, which are a "four-fingered" monkey's fist not of 3/8" kevlar rope burn for 7-8 minutes without any additional absorbent material in the core. I've heard of people using absorbent material in the core, but I've never actually seen this done. To make a nice looking knot, a nice round core is required.

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KristieEB
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Location: Oakland, CA
Member Since: 17th Sep 2003
Total posts: 108
Posted:It was great to meet you last night, Heath.

And, I can attest to the "nice round knots" and burntimes of Heath's poi!


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Heath
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Member Since: 29th Nov 2003
Total posts: 36
Posted:Quote:
It was great to meet you last night, Heath.



It was great meeting you, thanks for organizing it. I had a really nice time. It's a beautiful location that I intend to return to. Probably this Sunday, if it's not raining.




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Astar
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Member Since: 8th Nov 2002
Total posts: 1591
Posted:is there anything hard and highly porous and absorbant? It would definatly be the perfect core.




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MikeIcon
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Pooh-Bah
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA
Member Since: 27th Mar 2003
Total posts: 2109
Posted:How about a hollowed out wooden ball that has holes in it kinda like a whiffle ball. You can then stuff that with absorbant material.

Let's turn those old bridges we crossed into ashes.
We'll blaze a new trail,
and torch the rough patches.

-Me

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Astar
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Member Since: 8th Nov 2002
Total posts: 1591
Posted:im pretty sure it's awfuly tricky carving out hollow balls. Ive been meaning to take up a carving project for awhile. smile

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SaintMAYHEM
The Walking DEAD
Location: Sydney
Member Since: 26th Dec 2008
Total posts: 6
Posted:Hmm

see if you can Find aluminum ball of some sort
Cut ball in Half and Drill holes in it to allow Fuel to escape onto Kevlar
Fill it with absorbent material and Put Back Both Parts to make the ball agen and Tack Weld the 2 Half's together then Wrap Monkeys Fist around Ball

Sorry If this Makes No Sense But any Feedback Would Be Great


When you Live when you should Be Dead
you appreciated Life and Love It
But Don't Mess With a Man that has Been To Hell and Back

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V_Regal
Lost in the Lights
Location: BC, Canada
Member Since: 16th Feb 2009
Total posts: 101
Posted:Why not a tig weld, if it's aluminum?

Risen from the Ashes
The Phoenix shall rise in his royal flaire.
FIND YOUR DESTINY.

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SaintMAYHEM
The Walking DEAD
Location: Sydney
Member Since: 26th Dec 2008
Total posts: 6
Posted:i got Confused for a Second it was Late when i Typed that out

When you Live when you should Be Dead
you appreciated Life and Love It
But Don't Mess With a Man that has Been To Hell and Back

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Mother_Natures_Son
Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!
Member Since: 1st Aug 2007
Total posts: 2418
Posted:How about a smaller monkey fist? That way youd have an absorbent core for the larger knot... but of course the centre of the smaller knot wouldnt be absorbent.

hug

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SeiFuZeRo
SeiFuZeRo

stranger
Location: USA
Member Since: 21st Oct 2008
Total posts: 3
Posted:oh... how DO you use absorbant material in the middle?

is this neccessary?

LOL

this is probably the reason why my monkeyfist broke after 10 burns....


~SeiFuZeRo

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DyamiTK
DyamiTK

beginner forever
Location: Santa Cruz, Ca
Member Since: 11th Mar 2008
Total posts: 159
Posted:monkey fist seem to unravel after a while if they are not tight enough in the beginning. Here is a article on how to make monkey fist with a knot core: firemecca.com/t-tutmf.aspx
tie a pretzel knot, then tie a two loop monkey fist around that, then tie a final larger monkey fist around that.


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