Cheap channel weaves

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  1. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I want cheap, easy to travel channel weaves. I can't fit 12 poles in the yard so I'm going to have to travel with them. Would getting 12 stick in the ground weaves work? Space them apart and create a channel? I don't see why not but I might be missing something....

    What's an easy way to transport them?
     
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    They sell the spacer things for stick in the ground weaves, the tape that has the holes spaced correctly. I think that would make it easier, otherwise you would have to bring a tape measure too.
     
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    I hate stick in the mud because I have a hard time finding adequate ground and I can't make a straight line. And it takes a lot of time! I have thought about making a thin strip of something (plastic, shower curtain, etc) with holes then it'd be way more convenient.

    Right now I have pieces of pretty thin flat wood that I put PVC cups on that I can stick poles into. I cut it in sections of 3 poles so I can put as many sections up as I want and it's easy to travel with.

    For channels I had knee high sections of garden fencing cut into sections with shower curtain loops on the ends that just slide over the poles. Then together they stack in a ball for transport.

    I inherited a set of weaves that someone made with a long section of rug (about a foot and a half wide & 12 poles long) that had PVC cups on it and you just roll up the rug and put ot on a duffle bag to travel.
     
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    When I had stick-in-ground weaves, I just had a length of rope I knotted every 22" (weave spacing was 22" back then, now it's 24") so I'd pin down both ends and set my poles, them move the rope out of the way since I didn't want them snagging a toe on anything.

    I got real bases because the ground where I was is mostly clay and would get incredibly hard over the summer...and freeze in the winter...dry part of the fall too...so 8 months out of the year, moving poles was really really difficult, if not impossible.

    If you are connected to local clubs at all, they may do group buys from a local maker or similar. That's how I got my set...$150 isn't cheap but for a really solid metal full set of bases, it's not bad. They are also compatible with weaveomatic knuckles if I ever go that way. If they are 2x2 type, you can just slightly rotate all of them and have effective channel weaves too.
     
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    I thought about makin a channel with my 2x2s too. Should I just buy 6 more of those? What's a good way to move those? Mine have heavy bases so you're looking at multiple trips back and forth to the car then carying them across a field.

    We have clay here too, which is a concern.
     
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    Do weightpull harnesses come in Papillon sizes? :p

    Mine are heavy steel -- it takes me two trips usually. One with bases and poles (poles looped together over my shoulder, and another with the last two bases and dogs. I don't take the poles on the road often enough to worry about it, but if you're doing it a lot, maybe some sort of wheeled duffel bag would be a good investment?
     

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