As boys we made weapons to play with–bows and arrows, spears, shanghais (sling shots), clubs (waddies), and rubber-band guns. The humble stick was a marvellous thing. We usually carried a staff when walking in the bush because it was good to wield..

The club on top of the seat was already club shaped and only needed a little trimming. The one on the left was shaped from a red-gum branch and painted up (in the hope that an attractive weapon, used for good , was not all bad).

The seat/cupboard these clubs are leaning on is handy in the studio for painting low-down things–it has hidden roller wheels to get around without interrupting the flow of attention.


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