1989 - Volume #13, Issue #2, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
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 di-rector 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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