Taper the ends
Read more in our guide
of wider sticks
Stick length calculator
Insert your desired dome diameter in millimeters here:mm
You need to cut:
This diameter is outside our currently tested range using the simple centre-to-outside build method with two people.
You may need more people and/or need to support the structure during the build. Keeping the sticks light in weight will help when going to larger diameters.
Are you using millimeters?
This diameter, in millimeters, is too small to work with hubs – the screws would clash within the wood!
The smallest diameter we recommend is: 600mm.
Ideas for sticks
- • Roofing batten
- • Hardwood dowels
- • Chestnut fence pales
- • Hazel poles
- • Oiled oak
- • Broom handles
Where to get your sticks
DIY centres are a good place to start and local carpenters or wood workers might be able to help with more bespoke options.
Here are some online options by country:
Available on our shop:
- Split Chestnut already cut to length
- 1 x 70-pack 4ft Broom handles (23mm diameter)
- 1 x 70-pack 5ft Broom handles (28mm diameter)
Available from elsewhere:
Quantities listed allow you to make the exact number of sticks for the dome.
Consider ordering more to allow for a few spares / mistakes.
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