TKD whacking stick
Two of my kids take Tae Kwon Do. One of the exercises that they do at TKD is the instructor walks around and strikes at them with a padded stick, and the students block it. Yesterday The Girl asked me if I could make one of those, for practicing at home.
So today, when we were out running some errands, I noticed a box of those "swim noodles" at a cheapy store, for three bucks each. I picked up a nice color (purple).
When I got home, grabbed my stash of misc. broomsticks and large dowels (note: All are "found" and "rescued" -- freebies!).
I cut the purple swim noodle to length: "my arm plus fist", I decided. Then I selected one of the dowels with the correct diameter, cut it to length, and rounded off the snubbed end with a rasp, then with a file.
I made sure that there was a padded section at the tip, as well -- for simulated "straight punches".
As I usual, I finished by writing the "completion date" and my initials on it.
And, here's me trying it out with The Girl.
Seems to work. :)
Also tried it out with B2, who also takes TKD. No photos of that, though.
A three dollar outlay, plus maybe 15 minutes of labor. And I got to customize the length.
I'm pleased. :)