I am going to be teaching a session at the USITT Ohio Valley Conference on Oct. 12th. Our host will be the University of Northern Kentucky. In the session, participants will be making their own bamboo extensions and learning to use them. I would also like to talk about building your own Lining Sticks; you know, the “T” straight edge drawing guide for working down. Do you have one you love, or hate? Could you post a picture and tell me what you love or hate about it? I’d like to share a few different designs with the participants. If I have time, I might even make some plans from your pictures to pass out. Since this session will be geared for students and early career folks, I would be very interested in designs that fold for travel.
I make my lining sticks from upside down aluminum door and patio thresholds. I got the idea many years ago from John Pitts who was the Charge at the Met Opera Drop Shop. They are nice and lightweight, plus have a built in bevel. You do need to wipe them down occasionally so that you don’t get drippage. The handle folds down for storage.