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Teamwork Makes These Walking Boards Work
"I don't know who came up with the idea but they're easy to make and great family fun," says Gerald C. Duffie, executive director of 4-H Camp Ohio, in Saint Louisville, Ohio, about the "walking boards" campers use for races and just plain walking around fun.
Made from two lengths of 71/2-ft. long, 6-in. wide oak, the walking boards hold 7 walkers who pull up on the ropes and step in unison. Chanting "right, left, right, left" the walkers can make it move smoothly with a little practice. If one person gets out of step, though, it brings everything to a halt, says Duffie. To reverse direction, everyone simply turns around on the boards.
Duffie recently made a second set of walking boards using two pressure-treated 2 by 6 boards. The 36-in. long ropes, spaced 1 ft. apart, are knotted at the ends and the ropes recessed in the bottom of the boards so they'll sit flat. "We used a 1-in. dia. bit to make the recessed holes and a 1/2-in. twist bit to make the holes through the board," he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gerald C. Duffie, 4-H Camp Ohio, 11461 Camp Ohio Road, Saint Louisville, Ohio 43071 (ph 614 745-2194).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #2