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Skittles

Postby Robin Fawcett » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:47 am

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Ant decided to turn a set of tenpin skittles from Sycamore on the second day of his course. Quite ambitious and I did have to give him some help (I made the ball, or "cheese" as it's known in skittling circles).
I've often thought about making some amongst all the log-jam of ideas in my mind but how many sets do you think I could sell for around £100? Especially at the moment when things seem so tight...
There's a lot of info about skittles on Wiki.
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Re: Skittles

Postby ToneWood » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:44 pm

Giant chess set next?

Presumably pubs, or breweries that own pubs, for the skittles. Perhaps parish councils that run fetes? My brother told me about a game like skittles played in the midlands where they throw a cheese, which is a disc rather than a ball. Apparently Aunt Sally was also a traditional pub/fair game - the origin of the character in the old childrens' TV show Wurzel Gummage. Looks like the modern version is more abstract and far less politically incorrect.

http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/Aunt-Sally.htm
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Re: Skittles

Postby voodooalpaca » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:46 pm

That is pretty cool. Might be an interesting change to the classic log2leg race.
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Re: Skittles

Postby gavin » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:51 pm

Robin Fawcett wrote:Ant decided to turn a set of tenpin skittles from Sycamore on the second day of his course. Quite ambitious and I did have to give him some help (I made the ball, or "cheese" as it's known in skittling circles).
I've often thought about making some amongst all the log-jam of ideas in my mind but how many sets do you think I could sell for around £100? Especially at the moment when things seem so tight...
There's a lot of info about skittles on Wiki.

Nil sets will you sell if you just offer them ready-made at each show you attend. They'd be a constant hassle to keep clean and tidy, and bulky to take to shows - which is most likely place you'd sell them.

Do post pictures of these by Ant on-line and indicate you'll make to order. Are there any traditional pubs playing skittles near you? You could turn the whole set ( or just the last one) at pub site for an extra fee: performance pole-lathing. Is there a skittles league near you? They may buy...
OK Sales Types - suggestions to help Robin flog say 5 sets by 31 December:
I start with these 3:
    1. Turn some half-size ones, set up a small skittle alley at your next show - you'd need some ply sheets methinks, and encourage public to play - free or for fee.
    2.CAMRA may have a pub games section - liaise with them and see what customers they suggest.
    3. This pub has a skittle alley. Their pins are obviously commercially made. You could contact them and find out their supplier and see what price they go for. You may be too cheap. Their ball was approx 20 cm diameter - quite big and soft rubber-coated. You just may be able to sell to that supplier.
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Re: Skittles

Postby Davie Crockett » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:35 pm

Great Idea! Take a gander here! :http://www.midlandleisuresales.co.uk/www.midlandleisuresales.coms/info.php?p=10

Table skittles would be easier to make and shift: http://www.tableskittles.com/
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Re: Skittles

Postby nic » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:42 pm

Hi Robin, Good to see you back again. These remind me of turned Japanese dolls they have faces painted on. How about doing a set for a pub and getting the locals faces painted on- you might be able to sell more that way, or the faces of unpopular politicians- there's bound to be more than 10 of them.

won't the ball dry oval? or is that OK for a rolling?
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Re: Skittles

Postby Bob_Fleet » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:35 pm

It's amazing how some of the old pastimes fascinate youngsters.
Last year I turned a skittle and three balls at Tweed Valley Forest Festival and then put the skittle on a post and let people throw at it.
Once they realised what they had to do, duh, they used it for ages.
Prepared for it this year. Extra balls will help. Painted white as trying to find a greenwood ball which has got dirty among leaves wasn't easy.
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Similarly table skittles.
I made these for the local school fete.
Just needs a cane stuck into the hole in the corner and the bent nail goes in it.
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Here's the secret to standing them all up again.
The strings are pushed into holes in the bottom of each skittle and a sprig knocked in beside them to hold them.
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More awkward and not as popular as the single skittle though.
Just get a couple of folk playing on opposite sides of a post with the skittle on it and they don't even need to fetch them back.

Yes, before you say it, these were power assisted but I no longer have the originals for a photo but they are brilliant to turn on a pole lathe and use on the day.
I don't know what price a set would go for though.
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Re: Skittles

Postby gavin » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:58 am

Bob_Fleet wrote: a sprig knocked in beside them to hold them.

Sorry Bob - either I don't understand , or you have a typo... pictures please of the 'sprig' thingy pls
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Re: Skittles

Postby gavin » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:09 am

Bob_Fleet wrote:Just needs a cane stuck into the hole in the corner and the bent nail goes in it.

I don't understand this bit, pls tell us more.
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Re: Skittles

Postby voodooalpaca » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:03 am

I have an old table skittle set, but I quite fancy a jumbo set now.

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The Sprig is a bung to hold the string into the bottom of the skittle.

The ball on a chain is attached to a long pole:

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Re: Skittles

Postby Bob_Fleet » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:16 am

Like Phill's picture, I used a bamboo cane stuck into the hole you can see at the corner of the board.
I had mine angled over the board.
The bent nail then just goes into the top so it can swing around it.

The strings stop them getting lost and make it really easy to stand them up again.
You need to support the board so that the base is free, two chairs here.

Sprig - a small brad or panel pin. The power of google.
I drilled a 2 mm hole into the centre of the bases, doubled the string and pushed it in, probably with a touch of glue, then hammered the sprig into it jamming it tight. Any small nail would do or even a bit of sharpened wood or an escutcheon pin.
A sprig.
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Back to Ant's originals.
It will be interesting to hear the sound change as they dry out.
They'll really sound out when dry but have a clunky sound to start with.
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