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Old 09-13-2012, 12:48 PM
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A few have asked to see some of my progress making cane rods so here's where I'm at.
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I still have quite a bit of work ahead of me but it feels good to get past what seems to be a pretty big hurdle for first time makers, splitting! From left to right are staggered and straightened strip for a 8' 6wt (single tip), a 4wt 4'11" Banty 1pc, the tip section for a 7' 4wt, and the final bundles are staggered but not yet straightened strips for a 8' 4wt 3pc. After this step the strips get squared up and run through a rougher or beveller, then bound for heat treating and final dressing of the nodes. Once I get that far the next steps are final planning and glued and bound again. I'll try and keep up with the pics as I go.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:30 PM
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Some more progress. Altough it really doesn't seem like it! I screwed up setting the forms for the butt section and learned a harsh lesson. Then after I corrected my mistake I reset the tip side of the forms and took one of the defunked butts and planed it down to the correct size. So I started with a fresh tip got it down within a few thousanths and learned very valuable lesson #2, DON'T WEAR LOOSE CLOTHES! After making a pass my sleeve edge caught the very tip and turned it into a mayfly tail. So I took a break did some tool tinkering and came back at it this afternoon and finished the 5 strips I had left found a matching replacement and will finish it up with a new set of butts before the weekend.
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And the mess I work in
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Default Re: Still a long ways off but getting closer everyday

You deserve much credit Bill, many people think that buying a graphite blank and components is "building a fly rod".
You are 'building a fly rod' for real
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Wow, very impressive. The more I learn about bamboo building, the more I realize that by the time I get the blank the real work is done. I look forward to more updates!
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Thanks guys! I wish the books I read mentioned the wrist issues that come with hand planing! By the time I get through 3 strips my mind starts wandering off to the Morgan Hand Mill or the Hand PLaners Friend but if I want to learn something I have to do it the hard way. Its all good practice, even the screw ups. I knew I was going to hit alot of problems but so far its been fun and I have great instruction so I don't feel too bad about screws. Everyone crawls before they walk. So provided I have no more foul ups tomorrow I should be ready to glue over the week end. After that ferruling/pinning, cork and seat, wrappings and the finish coats. To be honest, I'd say within a month or two I'll have one fishing.
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Very cool that your doing this!

Just saw this thread today, I'll be watching for it now. Thanks for the update.
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WT: This is great, I was hoping you would share the progress on the bamboo rod building that you are doing with us, thanks!

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Sure can't wait to see the finished product!
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My fishing partner has been attending the annual Catskill Rodmakers Gathering for the last 5 or 6 years. I thought that it was this weekend but apparently it's gone by.
He always comes back all inspired by what he's learned and then builds himself a new rod

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You deserve much credit Bill, many people think that buying a graphite blank and components is "building a fly rod".
You are 'building a fly rod' for real
Agree with Ard...once moreI built a rod for fun last year ... but wouldn't be able to do what you do...I'm admiring
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