Make the knee cover out of plywood, as board may split.
Attach a piece of bike inner tube from the outside of
the foot piece to the outside of the stilt, tight enought
to hold your foot in place on the foot piece
as securely as possible.
Use thick foam from an old foam mattress or foam pillow
for a thick kneepad. Tie the stilts on with
long strips of strong cloth; stretchable knits
are good, and so is canvas.
Drawing by Caven Meese/Gloria Brown
To learn how to walk on stilts:
First learn and practice a standard gymnastics fall. Stilting
is not nearly so difficult or dangerous as it looks, but it is a
good idea to practice falling a couple of times every
session before you stilt.
Sit on a car or table to tie your stilts on.
Get a couple of friends to hold you up, one on
each side, and walk around with you. It will feel as if
you have two broken legs for ten or fifteen minutes.
Gradually lean less and less weight on your helpers, until
you aren't putting any weight on them at all.
People usually learn
how to walk by themselves in 10-20 minutes. It is possible
to do great dances with big kicks and leaps once you have
found your balance.
Pay attention if you start hurting when you are stilting.
I have been hearing stories about injuries caused not
by falls but by slow damage to knees and insteps through
See Wire Demon
See Circus Stilt Ape
See Stilt Bird
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