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My home made type of mahl stick

Thought this might be useful to some people..

I decided to make a mahl stick to help out when I do larger paintings. However I saw some things that I didn't like when I looked at sticks to buy (including the cost!). So I thought about it a bit and then made this mahl stick which was very inexpensive to build.

Here is the stick propped up in our kitchen:

First of all, notice that is not a round pole. A round pole puts more pressure on the palm of your hand as the surface area is quite small. The best shape would be a flatter surface with no sharp corners. I found a piece of pine 'quadrant moulding'  style wood for using on skirting boards:

This has a nice curved shape with no sharp corners:

I also decided that a hook on the end which I could put over the top of my easel / panel would work better for me than the cloth ball often used at the end. So I found some hooks with a screw on the end which you can screw into the soft pine without even using any tools. With the help of some pliers I expanded the hook angle a bit and it works very well:

I only needed 1 hook, but they didn't come in less than packs of 10. :(

Still.. total price for wood and hooks, and with 2 minutes of screwing in the hook by hand was £3.39

Hope it gives people some ideas! :)



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