Anyone who has ever tried to prop start a model airplane engine using their fingers eventually had one kick back or start unexpectedly before they could get their finger out of the way. The Tatone “Chicken Stick” was produced in San Francisco to save hobbyists’ fingers. Its use is intuitive, but the fact that the product exists shows that the need for it was fairly well recognized.

A unique Tatone "Chicken Stick" for starting a model airplane engine.

Exhibit added: June 11, 2015 - Last modified: April 5, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship