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Check out the video for a more detailed instructions, or read on to scratch some surface:)

Step 1: Cut

To start making these stilts, get yourself either some knot-less pine or some birch wood and cut two straight pieces out. Choose the right length for you. Mine are 230cm. The lighter wood you use, the easier it will be to later learn how to walk. Keep in mind that you need these to be durable too, so try to avoid knots in the wood since they can weaken the wood tremendously.

Step 2: Insert Pegs

For the pegs I also used pine wood. I drilled the first set of holes 80cm from the end, and the second pair is 100cm from the other end. Poured some glue on em and knocked them in.

Step 3: Round

Now I rounded out the edges for better grip and weight reduction. You gotta be careful not to take too much off because these things still need to be durable.

Step 4: Start Learning!

It took me about 2-3 days to get good at this. It's definitely harder than it looks! Check out the video to see some of our walking attempts!

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    CharlieJazmine

    7 days ago

    Oh, my gosh! This brings back memories. My grandpa made me a pair of stilts 50 years ago when I was still a young’in. The only thing he did differently was to make the foot pegs from a 2” x 4” and he cut a “U” shape in the foot peg so my feet wouldn’t slip off the sides of the foot pegs. I even learned to skip on my stilts! :)

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    v1nce_ntCharlieJazmine

    Reply 6 days ago

    That's pretty cool! This is the way we made and used them throughout childhood so this was the only method I knew:)

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    UkeDog

    9 days ago

    What mortenlc said! Much, much easier to learn how to stay up on stilts that way, that is "pinching" the stilts behind and under your arms.

    I've made a couple of batches of wood stilts. First, for my own kids (now grown), and more recently for some neighborhood kids. After only a couple days practice, I remember our kids having "stilt races" across the back yard. Also timed competitions for staying up on the stilts. Like 5 minutes or more...

    NOTE: Going by the pic of you stilt-ing, they may have to be a tad longer to do this.

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    v1nce_ntUkeDog

    Reply 8 days ago

    Hm, sounds like i'll need to make a second pair thats a bit longer and try this other method! I'm curious to see how much easier it will be..

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    mortenlc

    Tip 10 days ago

    Nice stilts.

    Some may find it easier to get the hang of, if you 'twist' you arms around the stilts.

    This means, having your arms in front of the stilts. They are sort resting in (or right behind) your arm pit. that way, you get 3 contact points on each stilt, instead of 2, and the force forward your body excerts on the stilts, is 'blocked' by your shoulders, instead of having to use arm strength.
    I can see from your construction, that it will only work on the lower pegs, though.

    Anyway, that's how I learned to use stilts. :-)

    this image shows it:
    http://denstoredanske.dk/@api/deki/files/71860/=Kopi_af_juli_2010_045.jpg


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    v1nce_ntmortenlc

    Reply 10 days ago

    Huh! That's really interesting! I've seen people use them like that before but never thought it'd be easier that way.. Thanks for the great comment, mortenlc! I'm gonna have to give that a try