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Roy Benson Style String Sticks
by Jim Gerrish

 

Watch Roy Benson perform his original three sticks routine: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOfzp4Wt-pE ), and I hope you’ll agree with me that the sticks should look – homemade! They should NOT appear to be magic store props and certainly should not look as if they cost hundreds of dollars (in my humble opinion).

In this Kitchen Workshop Project, I'll show you how to make the sticks I believe Roy Benson was aiming for, but like many others without woodshop skills, he had to depend on using commercial Chinese Sticks. The sticks we will show you how to make are designed specifically for the Benson routine.

My third stick uses a combined Chinese Stick and Pom Pom principle for a new way of ending the routine.

I prefer to use Bass wood, 1/16 inch thick. I use nuts and bolts as weights where needed, and "L" brackets as "clamps" for gluing 90 degree angles.

Kitchen tools - razor knife, metal yard or meter stick, fine sandpaper.

Wood glue, Strongstik glue, masking tape, clear packaging tape, black gaffers' tape, wood stain, polyurethane clear paint, small metal grommets and a grommet punch.

On-line sources are given for all items mentioned. The e-Book contains step-by-step construction photos and diagrams for all parts of this kitchen workshop project.

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