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Miniature Sticks day at the Village Hall March 2016
 
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This was a day of two halves, with Peter Wheeler showing us how he makes miniature sticks in the morning and Charlie Walker talking about using the Dremel and othe Flexi-drive machines in the afternoon.

Peter explained the under the B.S.G. rules the miniature stick class consists of five small sticks of different styles (not just different materials). The overall length of the sticks must not exceed 9", the sticks must be in a stand no matter how simple but it is not considered during the judging.

Peter has made several different stands for presenting his sticks for judging, some more elaborate than others. He believes well presented sticks often do better.

In order to end up with a stick of 9" or less Peter has calculated that the correct scale is about 1/6 full size. For simple forked thumbsticks twigs can be cut with the appropriate fork snf the bark stripped or left natural. Shanks for two pieces sticks can be cut from stripwood approximately 6.0mm square and rounded using a spokeshave. Dowelling can be used or kebab skewers or even the handles from old artists brushes, these can have a nice taper. Shanks usually end up at about 4.00mm diameter.

The heads are joined using the peg dowel technique, where the dowel is usually cut on the end of the shank. If using rams horn or other semi-transparent material the peg can be cut on the head and let into the handle so the dowel doesn't show through.

 
Sticks in stand
Pete Wheeler
5 different stick styles in a simple stand
pete wheeler explains the finer points of making miniature sticks
Hurdle Stnad
Bending jig
some of pete's miniature in a stand incorporating a miniature hurdle for effect pete's simple jig for bending rams horn crooks
Round Stand
this round stand was most peoples favourite
Drawings
petes dimensions for his miniature sticks