So I wanted to learn how to spin a Fire Staff and/or do Contact manipulation of a staff. But I did not want to invest a lot of money until I knew I was going to like it.
Searching the internet and instructables yielded many results on making staff out of aluminum rods, shower curtain rods and wood dowels. But those items tend to be:
b) hard to come by
c) too heavy and
d) hurts a LOT when it hits you in the face.
So I went to my local H*** Despot and Wally-Market and picked up supplies to make a PVC Practice Fire / Contact Staff.
Total Cost: Less than $20.
End Result: Staff that does not hurt me (much) as I learn to spin.
Please Note: At NO point should this practice staff be set on fire!
Step 1: Parts List and Tools
1/2" - 1" Schedule 40 PVC pipe. 10 ft is $2.00
Foam exercise mat or camping mat - $6
Role of duct tape. $4
Really big nails: $1
Contact cement: $3
Tennis racket grip tape. $4
Step 2: Cut to length
I read staff length can be 2, 3, or 4 feet. I read someplace else that the staff should go from floor to mid-sternum. Then there is the physics of it, Fast spinners want the staff short, slow spinners want the staff long.
I went for the mid-sternum method. And it just so happens to be 4 feet. And at $2 for 10 ft of PVC pipe, I have enough to make two more that are 3 ft each.
I went back to the hardware store and purchased another 10 ft length of pvc and made another staff 3ft 4in. So I have a full range of staffs.
Mark the length you need with sharpie and cut with your hack saw.