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A really dim question? Pool queues.

David

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Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Hi - now, this may seem a truly dim question but has anyone tried using a pool (snooker) queue as a walking pole? The reason I ask is because they have a brass or steel screw thread to separate them into rather short lengths. If anyone has tried - did the thread hold up?
If so - surely this sort of pole would work on aeroplane transport? Would also mean that were one to fit a true walking pole tip, embed a small silver scallop shell above the hand grip, drill a hole below the hand grip and add a leather wrist thong - well, that would be an interesting Camino pole ...

Or are they too fine at the lower end?? - Alternative would be to source the screw connectors and make my own out of timber that isn't so narrow at the end ... just wondering - my main reservation being the strength of the screw/socket when under lateral rather than compression stress - so, has anyone tried it? (strength of the joint in movie bar brawls where people are hit over the head with one not counting here ;)).

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(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
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(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC

Camino Chrissy

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He better stick to blisters and the like... ;)
Amen Alex!
I've played pool at a variety of public "establishments" over the years and I am no good at it. Those pool sticks were always in one long piece. It's my understanding that the ones that screw into sections are usually owned by those who have good skills and bring their special lucky stick with them.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Hi - now, this may seem a truly dim question but has anyone tried using a pool (snooker) queue as a walking pole? The reason I ask is because they have a brass or steel screw thread to separate them into rather short lengths. If anyone has tried - did the thread hold up?
If so - surely this sort of pole would work on aeroplane transport? Would also mean that were one to fit a true walking pole tip, embed a small silver scallop shell above the hand grip, drill a hole below the hand grip and add a leather wrist thong - well, that would be an interesting Camino pole ...

Or are they too fine at the lower end?? - Alternative would be to source the screw connectors and make my own out of timber that isn't so narrow at the end ... just wondering - my main reservation being the strength of the screw/socket when under lateral rather than compression stress - so, has anyone tried it? (strength of the joint in movie bar brawls where people are hit over the head with one not counting here ;)).

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Wow, David, I think your thread is a "first" on the forum! Maybe it will take off...we got'a have new topics to occupy our interest since walking caminos seems to be out of the question for now.
Thanks for a new twist, yet still camino related.😅
 
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(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
@David has soo much to offer for future (and repeating) peregrinos regarding health. I have seen this firsthand. A true good soul on the Way. But equipment advice? Me no think so... :)
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
@David has soo much to offer for future (and repeating) peregrinos regarding health. I have seen this firsthand. A true good soul on the Way. But equipment advice? Me no think so... :)
I know! Camino Angels such as @David are experts on blisters and such. We will leave equipment advise to the likes of others, maybe even @davebugg should he return. "David" is a good name...all the way around.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
For those of you not aware of it: @David is the guy who, each year, takes his little rebuilt Renault (!) car to the Camino, loaded with medical equipment, drives up and down the Camino, stopping at crucial points to help pilgrims with medical issues, giving medical and soothing assitance. A true Camino angel. I am very happy to have met him on several occations, although thankfully, not for needing his help. Only as a friend (and both being forum members). But him giving equipment advice? Ignore, is my advice, as has been proven beyond doubt in this thread. :cool:
 

amancio

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Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
Hi - now, this may seem a truly dim question but has anyone tried using a pool (snooker) queue as a walking pole? The reason I ask is because they have a brass or steel screw thread to separate them into rather short lengths. If anyone has tried - did the thread hold up?
If so - surely this sort of pole would work on aeroplane transport? Would also mean that were one to fit a true walking pole tip, embed a small silver scallop shell above the hand grip, drill a hole below the hand grip and add a leather wrist thong - well, that would be an interesting Camino pole ...

Or are they too fine at the lower end?? - Alternative would be to source the screw connectors and make my own out of timber that isn't so narrow at the end ... just wondering - my main reservation being the strength of the screw/socket when under lateral rather than compression stress - so, has anyone tried it? (strength of the joint in movie bar brawls where people are hit over the head with one not counting here ;)).
I tried something like that, but the thread did not resist and cracked the staff split open. It does not work, the minute you put a bit of pressure on it, it will break, I am afraid
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I tried something like that, but the thread did not resist and cracked the staff split open. It does not work, the minute you put a bit of pressure on it, it will break, I am afraid
Well, @David may have had a "dim" question as he called it and you proved it, but he is definately not a "dim wit".🙂
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
@David has soo much to offer for future (and repeating) peregrinos regarding health. I have seen this firsthand. A true good soul on the Way. But equipment advice? Me no think so... :)

But! what about my design for a bicycle with square wheels so it didn't move when parked? The backpack with a 50 cubic metre helium balloon so there was no weight - ok, the experiment did end up with the guinea pig disappearing over a mountain when the wind came on a bit strong, but still a good idea, surely???
hhmmm ... ok, will stick with blisters and shin splints ;)
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
But! what about my design for a bicycle with square wheels so it didn't move when parked? The backpack with a 50 cubic metre helium balloon so there was no weight - ok, the experiment did end up with the guinea pig disappearing over a mountain when the wind came on a bit strong, but still a good idea, surely???
hhmmm ... ok, will stick with blisters and shin splints ;)
Oh, David...it sounds like you may be a bit of a "dim wit" after all. 🤔😉 😂...Not!
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
But! what about my design for a bicycle with square wheels so it didn't move when parked? The backpack with a 50 cubic metre helium balloon so there was no weight - ok, the experiment did end up with the guinea pig disappearing over a mountain when the wind came on a bit strong, but still a good idea, surely???
hhmmm ... ok, will stick with blisters and shin splints ;)
Another proof that your equipment advices are to be avoided at all costs,@David ...
 

simply B

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
somewhere between "not enough" and "way too many"
Well, actually @David .... I do not think your question was "dim" at all! Though I think a pool cue unsuited to the purpose for a number of reasons.

In 2012, I spent some time with an Austrian fellow who had started well before SJPP and walked with a custom staff he had built for himself. It was the appearance of the staff that drew me to talk to him as I grew up assisting my late father with woodworking projects.

The staff had three sections with two screw joints, one at 1/3rd and another at 2/3rd the length. The screw inserts had been epoxied into carefully drilled blind mortises. Top of the staff was about 50mm in diameter, the tip was about 30-35mm. That seemed an un-natural taper to me. He admitted to having performed the tapering himself with sanding wheels.

For lateral strength to the staff, one needs to have the correct wood and correct grade of wood.

If you were to research the topic, the most often recommended woods for walking sticks are beech, ash, hazel, chestnut, and blackthorn. For your purposes, if you choose the DIY route, you can eliminate blackthorn immediately - - it will never be available in the diameter needed.

Personally, I would favor ash because it is easiest to obtain in the desired quality of wood - Vertical Straight Grain. (You can research images for this in the Webz) Also, it has a lot of lateral strength as evidenced as being first choice for the handle in mountaineering ice axes before the dawn of composites. (research "Aschenbrenner ice axes") I gave mine very hard use for almost 25 years before surrendering it to the next generation.

I doubt that you can get them onto a plane but if you are still interested, get in touch with a local woodworking group to find best material sources.

B

PS. I might have been able to make this shorter but just don't have the time.:)
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
David, let the naysayers mock! There is historical evidence of a similar device though the screw joint wasn't midway along the shaft but enabled a short cross piece to be attached at the top, an extremely elongated T if you will, which was used by British and Indian troops in the Burmese jungle during WW2. Made of bamboo with a brass connecting screw, the cross bar also forms a useful rest to sit on in the manner of a shooting stick.
Plus you can already get THESE although at that price . . . .
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
David, let the naysayers mock! There is historical evidence of a similar device though the screw joint wasn't midway along the shaft but enabled a short cross piece to be attached at the top, an extremely elongated T if you will, which was used by British and Indian troops in the Burmese jungle during WW2. Made of bamboo with a brass connecting screw, the cross bar also forms a useful rest to sit on in the manner of a shooting stick.
Plus you can already get THESE although at that price . . . .
Jeff, we were only teasing David affectionately, not mocking him. He is such a good natured chap. His thread and the humorous replies have all given me some afternoon cheer!
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Jeff, we were only teasing David affectionately, not mocking him. He is such a good natured chap. His thread and the humorous replies have all given me some afternoon cheer!
Oh Chrissy, how long have you known me? I took my tongue out of my cheek right after I typed the first sentence ;)
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Oh Chrissy, how long have you known me? I took my tongue out of my cheek right after I typed the first sentence ;)
You can be so funny, Jeff! I think of you every time I hand wash my elephants' red socks that you knitted after they stomp around in mud.🧦🧦🧦🧦
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
It takes people to "think outside the box".
I invented a left handed screwdriver.
I am lefthanded ("Zurdo" in Spanish).
I have one of those screwdrivers, thank you for inventing it.
I also have a coffee cup and wine glass for lefthanded. Very handy, so to speak.
And a fork.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
I am lefthanded ("Zurdo" in Spanish).
I have one of those screwdrivers, thank you for inventing it.
I also have a coffee cup and wine glass for lefthanded. Very handy, so to speak.
And a fork.
I've bought my 10 year old great-niece (a third generation southpaw) a left handed fountain pen for Christmas (a Lamy Al Star in black/purple, engraved with her name).
It doesn't look any different to a right handed pen but it certainly feels different when you hold it with your left hand rather than the right.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
I am lefthanded ("Zurdo" in Spanish).
I have one of those screwdrivers, thank you for inventing it.
I also have a coffee cup and wine glass for lefthanded. Very handy, so to speak.
And a fork.
From what I've seen in their restaurants you can only buy a right handed fork in America. 🍽️
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
I've bought my 10 year old great-niece (a third generation southpaw) a left handed fountain pen for Christmas (a Lamy Al Star in black/purple, engraved with her name).
It doesn't look any different to a right handed pen but it certainly feels different when you hold it with your left hand rather than the right.
A fountain pen is difficult to use for lefthanders, bc your left hand will drag over what you just wrote, splashing it out, so that makes sense. As for forks, spoons, glasses, etc. they work either hand...:D Scissors and knives (butter/bread) are a different matter.

Nervous lefthanders can use this one...:🤣


Tohands kopp..jpg
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I've bought my 10 year old great-niece (a third generation southpaw) a left handed fountain pen for Christmas (a Lamy Al Star in black/purple, engraved with her name).
It doesn't look any different to a right handed pen but it certainly feels different when you hold it with your left hand rather than the right.
I learn something new on this forum every day. 😅
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
A fountain pen is difficult to use for lefthanders, bc your left hand will drag over what you just wrote, splashing it out, so that makes sense. As for forks, spoons, glasses, etc. they work either hand...:D Scissors and knives (butter/bread) are a different matter.

Nervous lefthanders can use this one...:🤣


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Donald Trump's Sippy Cup!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Donald Trump's Sippy Cup!
Politics are not allowed on the forum, Jeff...read the rules. Only we Americans are allowed to pun on our prez.😛

EDIT- Jeff, this was only my attempt at a joke, no sad face needed!🙂
 
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