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August 21, 2006

Friction Locking Pioneering Pole Store

A good principle for storing pioneering poles is to keep them off the ground- this prevents them rotting (and keeps the snakes and scorpions out of them, depending on the climate). Normally in camp this means propping them up on scrap lengths of timber. I went out to Gilbanken this weekend where the Tshwane (Pretoria) Region were holding their annual Field Day and spotted this very elegant friction-locking pole store:

Related to this table , this store is simply two pairs of crossed 'legs' with the pole supports running between them. In the drawing above, the poles stored on the rack are transparent to show the actual structure; to see the rack without any poles at all click here.

(I have to admit that I am unable to give complete credit for this design: I wrote down "8th Pretoria St.Alban's" in my notebook, only to discover that there is an 8th Pretoria St.Andrew's troop and a 6th Pretoria St. Alban's troop. I'd appreciate it if someone can correct me here)
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