by Edward Spiegel
Most of my tri-string handles use this which I got from SBF's Brian Lawrence. There are many possible variations. The heat-shrink tubing (available from most hardware stores) gives a nicely finished look. Both dowels and bamboo gardening stakes make nice handles.
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- A - Split rings with outer diameter 8-10mm. I use one's from a craft store. Stainless steel split rings used for fishing tackle are even better as they are especially rust resistant.
- B - Fishing swivels. Snap swivels are pictured, but I generally snip off the snap part. Barrel swivels (without snaps) work great but are often harder to find.
- C - Baling wire also sold as galvanized wire (see picture below). This is sturdy but easy to bend with a needle-nose pliers.
- D - Heat-shrink tubing. The size needs to be large enough to slip over your poles but not so large that it does not make a tight fit when shrunken.
- E - Dowels or bamboo garden stake. I use sturdy 3/8" dowels; note that not all dowels are created equal. Some 3/8" dowels are not sturdy enough to use. If that is the case, use 1/4" or 5/8" dowels. Bamboo garden stakes have the advantage that they do not splinter if they break.
- F - Braided line of some sort. Do not use twisted line if you can help it. This will be the lead and you want a material that won't twist up. I mostly use a medium to heavy braided dacron kite twine. Braided thin mountaineering cord (which you can find at REI and similar stores) works well and is pretty.
Bend the baling wire (1.5 or 2 inches in length) as shown.
Squeeze with pliers to make a snug fit.
Use a hair dryer or hold over a stove burner to heat and shrink the tubing.
You should end up with a nice snug fit.
Attachment point: This setup uses an s-biner as the attachment point as I make all my loops (and modular loops) with split rings that can be used to attach/detach them from the wand. I like s-biners because they are easy to use with cold, wet, soapy hands, but there are many other clips and attachment points that you can use.