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Curling Delivery Aid

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Project by onefullturn posted 01-03-2017 10:42 PM 686 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the sport of curling, granite rocks are slid down the ice with the help of either a broom or delivery aid to maintain one’s balance. Many years ago, corn brooms were used exclusively for this purpose. Being both a curler and a wood turner, I have combined the old with the new. This is a corn broom delivery aid. The handle is walnut, the supporting structure is East Indian Rosewood and Chinese Elm. After turning the handle, I have a broom maker apply the corn. I then turn a tripod structure, drill and assemble. Stainless steel gliders on the tripod ensure effortless gliding. An extremely sharp Forstner bit is required to drill the turned pieces, while the broom handle diameter must be uniform and accurate to ensure a tight fit. I typically apply 4 coats of wipe-on Poly to these.

-- One Full Turn Woodturnings





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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 11:11 PM

Hmmm, interesting. Just curious, are those “stands” on the handle allowed per the rules?
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Oh and I dont curl, but
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onefullturn

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#2 posted 01-04-2017 12:05 AM

Hi Joe. The rules for delivery aids are rather loose, referring only to dimensions. This device falls within those parameters. Most delivery aid devices are made from plastic and are not very aesthetically pleasing. My customers really enjoy the appearance of these. They are not used for actual sweeping of course, only for throwing a curling stone. I enjoy mixing the woods up and am always looking for new types of figured woods for the handles.

-- One Full Turn Woodturnings

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