Sticks & Rulers

Handcrafted by Charles Tauber

For the past nearly two decades, I’ve custom-made wooden martial arts training apparatus - sticks and rulers - one at a time on my lathe.  General information about the sticks and rulers I make is found below. To place an order or answer any questions you may have, please contact me at or using the contact form at the bottom of this page.





Finishing Methods

I finish the sticks and rulers that I make in one of two ways depending upon the type of wood used. The first way, my signature method, distinguishes the sticks and rulers that I make from those made by others. It involves sanding each stick very smooth followed by three stages of buffing.  It takes longer to create this finish treatment than it does to actually turn the stick or ruler on a lathe. Consequently, this finish treatment adds to the cost of the stick or ruler. That the woods most often enhanced by such a treatment are the more expensive exotic woods also adds to the cost of the stick or ruler, making them truly a luxury. Such woods include ebony, figured maples, pau ferro, chaktekok and others.


Not all woods are enhanced by very fine sanding and buffing. For these woods, I sand each to a smooth surface finish but do not buff them. This is the second way that I finish the sticks and rulers that I make. Often, these woods are less expensive and less dense (heavy) than those used in the Signature Series, but still feel good in the hands. Such woods include African mahogany, un-figured maple, cherry, walnut and others.



A Word About Wood

One of the pleasures of making things from wood is that, being a natural material, every piece of wood is unique. I hand select each piece of wood and use the best quality available. Even with the highest quality wood,  there can be considerable variation in both grain and color from one piece to another, even of the same species. If you have specific preferences for your chosen wood species, please let me know and I’ll do my best to select wood that meets your preferences.


On January 2, 2017, rosewood of every kind was included in the  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES). As such it cannot be transported between countries without appropriate government-issued paperwork proving that it was legally harvested. Although all of the rosewood  that I have  is legally harvested and was purchased prior to the inclusion of rosewood in CITIES, the cost of obtaining the paperwork makes it no longer viable for me to internationally sell articles made of rosewood. I will continue to offer rosewood to my Canadian customers until my supply has been exhausted, at which point I will no longer offer rosewood.



I am currently offering two standard shapes from which to choose. These are shown below and labeled A and B. Each of these is nominally 16” long  and, unless you request otherwise, is 1-3/4” in diameter. If you have a custom shape that you’d like, I’ll be happy to work with you in bringing it to fruition.


Shape "A"



Shape "B"


Each of these are available in either the Signature Series or the Standard Series. Pricing for various wood options is listed below. Other wood options are available upon request.


Standard Series:

African mahogany, un-figured maple $50

Cherry,  black walnut, birch   $55

Purpleheart, chechen, padauk $65

Claro walnut, zebrawood $70


Signature Series:

Pau ferro, curly maple, chaktekok, $75

Indian rosewood , $85 - CANADA ONLY

Birdseye maple $90

Katalox (“Mexican Royal Ebony”) $90

Indian Ebony $125

Cocobolo - limited supply $125 - CANADA ONLY

Macassar ebony $130




I make traditionally shaped rulers in a variety of woods. Pricing for various wood options are listed below.  Other wood options are available upon request.


Standard Series:

African mahogany, un-figured maple, cherry, black walnut,  butternut, birch   $55

Purpleheart, chechen, padauk $70

Claro walnut, zebrawood $75


Signature Series:

Pau ferro, curly maple, chaktekok, $80

Indian rosewood , $90 - CANADA ONLY

Birdseye maple $95

Katalox (“Mexican Royal Ebony") $95

Indian ebony $130

Cocobolo - limited supply, $130 - CANADA ONLY

Macassar ebony $135



How to Order

The ordering process is very simple. For custom orders, send me an e-mail at stating what you’d like, what wood species you prefer and the address to which you’d like it shipped. (If you aren’t sure what you’d like or what wood species you’d like, or are looking for something different than I’ve shown here, e-mail me and I’ll work with you to determine what will work best for you.) For current inventory items, send me an e-mail with the item number(s) you would like to purchase.


Once we’ve agreed upon what you’d like, what it will cost and where you want it shipped, I’ll send you a PayPal invoice for the total amount, including shipping. The PayPal invoice can be paid either with your own PayPal account or via PayPal using the credit card of your choice. (PayPal is easy for you, easy for me and provides you complete security in your purchase - I never see your credit card or banking information. Other payment options are possible, but PayPal is preferred.)


Once the invoice is paid, for custom orders, I’ll make the sticks or rulers you’ve ordered and, for both custom orders and current inventory items, ship them to the address you requested. For custom orders of a few sticks or less, I endeavour to make and ship them within about two days from receiving payment.



Shipping to continental U.S. destinations is via UPS. Shipping is $30 for the first item and $5 for each additional item. Shipping by UPS to most continental U.S. destinations will typically take five business days.


Shipping within Canada is via Canada Post. Shipping is $30 for the first item and $5 for each additional item.


Please inquire for international shipping. The cost and length of time will vary depending upon destination and how quickly you want to receive your order.


Customer Comments



“My friend and I met last Saturday to practice.  She loves her bang too.  She commented several times on how easy it is to handle and turn the stick.  I was so excited to show it to her. Her first words were "it is beautiful and so easy to handle".


“Thank you again.  It has been a pleasure to do business with you and exchange e mails.”



“….just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the beautiful ruler and bang you created…… such a pleasure to practice with.”



“WOW, I received the ruler and stick last night and WOW, they are even more impressive than I imagined! They are incredibly warm in the hand, not to mention works of art! THANK YOU very much for being an artist with your lathe. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to who ever inquires about my ruler and stick!”



“I just received my Bang today.  Wow!! It's beautiful, very nicely made. “



“BEAUTIFUL WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Both are so so silky smooth and beautifully turned.  Thank you thank you!…..Wow can’t wait to show them off!”



“I received the bang in the mail yesterday. It's exactly what I have in mind and it feels good in my hands. Thanks very much for your help.”



Just a note to tell you how pleased I am with your workmanship. The set arrived a short while ago.  Thank you for patience, knowledge and skill for creating this masterpiece.


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