David Livingston wrote:does it need to be a curtain rod as certain trees have hollow stems - Elder for instance . Or you could split bamboo and it could be possible inset the wire and it will close up behind it
Wj Carroll wrote:Does anyone know how to drill/bore a straight hole/channel through the center, end to end, of a 6 ft long closet/curtain rod? Basically, I want to run a piece of 6 ft long metal conduit straight through.
Glenn Ingram wrote:Another challenge here is to have the staff/blowgun be light enough to aim accurately as a blowgun without support yet strong enough to withstand contact as a staff. Have you thought about ratan like what is used in Kali? I know those are usually short sticks but I believe ratan has a relatively soft pith similar to elder that a drill bit could follow yet it is light and strong. I don't know if it comes in large enough diameters though and you would obviously have to order it from overseas. But it seems like an ideal material for your project being strong, light, and sort of hollow.
Robin Dyer wrote:SCA fighters use rattan fighting sticks during practice. I've seen many different sizes. Take a look at sca.org. There is probably a local group that could direct you to a source.
Wj Carroll wrote:A while back, I was fooling around with a blow gun that belonged to a friend. It was made by Cold Steel, and was, essentially a 6ft length of metal conduit. The darts were made of sharpened, long, slender nails. With a little practice, the darts were punching well into a 1 inch pine board at around 25 yards. So, I wondered yesterday if I could combine the two into a staff that was solid enough to take multiple hard whacks, without breaking or bending the inner conduit. Such a tool could be useful in an emergency, especially for quietly hunting small game. But, that would take so much practice and skilled stalking that it would not be practical for most folks. Right now, it is just a crazy idea.