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Old 07-19-2012, 09:18 AM
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Thats the thing, I'm just about tapped out. I still have to consider cork, ferrules, reel seats, guides and silks. Thankfully I have plenty of varnish. Broke as I am I'm going to order as soon as its ready just for lack of anything to do.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:38 PM
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Well finally after waiting for months, talking with other makers, reading as much as I can trying to learn as much as possible the UPS man came with my bundle of cane!!!! After making all the drying splits and re-marking tip and butt, I took a nice 6' section with only 3 nodes and flamed it and split it. The first rod I plan to make is a 4'11" Banty 4wt in 1pc for little brookie creeks and tight cover streams. After what I read from other forums, different "how to" books and other advice I figured that with my first time splitting I'd be lucky to get 6 usable strips, unbelievably I ended up with enough for three blanks and an extra that could be split again. Tomorrow I'll dress the nodes and start rough planing, I'll try and get some pics up by then so what I'm saying makes sense.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:18 PM
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Hurry up, the Fall run is almost here. I expect to see you on the beach this September (just not with a 4'11" cane rod).
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Looking forward to seeing your work, hopefully you'll post it as as you go through it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:16 PM
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Lets just say the learning curve is on the steep side. So far I'm 1.5 culms down. Splitting is a bear, and then trying to rough the initial 60 degree by hand is tough stuff. So I had to rebuild my junkyard beveler and flamed (the right way) another culm, split it (a little better than the first try), and tomorrow I'll do the node work (fun stuff). It takes a few hours to heat, straighten, press all the nodes, stagger and cut to working length a rod with two tips. Fortunately the 4'11 can be had from what would be a butt section so I only have to press 18 nodes, the down side is more material to remove. I'll try to remember pics but right now everything is a total mess and nothing looks like anything.
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