Re: [DevilStickForum] Introducing Member9
- Hi, Noomi! Welcome to our little devil stick haven.
I was pretty awful too when I started, but as long as you're having
fun, it doesn't matter (and you'll get better).
> i've seen many people carrying just like stick in the city.Wow. I almost never see other people with devil sticks. What city?
Maybe I should go there!
> wrapped in smooth 'tape' (don't know the word in english), that is aYou could wrap it with cloth tape. I haven't done it myself, but I'm
> bit slippery. could i do something about it?
told that the tape used on tennis rackets and hockey sticks works
pretty well. You also want your handsticks to have good traction, so
if those are also slippery, wrap those too. Another option is to get
silicone covered handsticks from a juggling shop. The grip with those
is great as long as they're dry and clean.
> and now to my ignorance: can someone explain me the differencesThe biggest difference is that a flower stick has big things stuck on
> between devil stick and a flower stick?
the ends. They're usually thinner too. The thin stick and the stuff
on the ends help keep it from rolling, which makes many things much
easier. The things on the ends also usually make it slower to change
spin direction, which makes some things easier and other things
harder. Flower sticks are generally better for smooth, continuous
kinds of moves, and devil sticks are generally better for quick
direction-changing kinds of things, but you can do anything with
either one if you're good enough.
> haven't tried flower stick yet. is it possible to make your own?You can make your own. I haven't seen any good instructions for it
though, so it helps if you've tried a couple and know what you want to
make. You could do it with a stick, two screws, and a tennis ball cut
in half. But it wouldn't be the best flower stick.
What you put on the ends makes a huge difference in the amount of
rolling resistance of the stick. A ball is easy, but it's probably
the worst thing. The ball shape will help prevent rolling a little
because of how its weight is distributed. Better would be lots of 8cm
strips of square-cut leather. The square cut is important too; if
they're round like some boot laces are, they won't work well. The
idea is that you want the strips to hang down and that in order to
hang in a different direction (if you rolled the stick) some of them
would have to flop over and couldn't just slide. It's hard to
explain in email..
- Oops. I'm an idiot.
Noomi> Helsinki, Finland.
Seth> What city?
I thought "Oh, cool, Finland" and "Wow, other people who devil stick"
and immediately forgot that you told us you were in Helsinki.
So I'll complicate matters by telling you where I'm from. I grew up
just outside New York. When I started devil sticking, I lived in
St. Louis (midwest US) where I was at university, but I actually
started when I was in Stockholm on vacation. Now I'm a student in
Edinburgh, but in a few months I'll probably go back home to
California, where I've lived the past four years (except since
October, when I've been here in Scotland).
When people ask me where I'm from, I never know what to say.