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silvertip8k 05-21-2013 09:57 AM

birch bark rings
Thought I would show the way I am making up rings for turning grips from Birch Bark.the first time I tried this out was with some BB I got from someone on the forum for a materials swap over the winter...great stuff...thanks again...

this is a material that comes from many parts of the country... This is really beautiful stuff..making for a very durable grip if used solo...or just a super for butts or winding check areas...the smaller lines are very attractice as well of does not require ant finish etc just like cork.

this is what I am doing on my special edition series bamboo rods least parts of the grip finished off with is for sure more durable and compliments bamboo and natural cork excellent...

rather than try and manage the bark pieces individually in the glue up process to prep for the turn, I decided to make the bark up into sections that are compressed evenly and with solid glue connections. It is a lot easier for me to handle it...and guaranrtee a good joint everywhere...surprises mid way in a turn are devastating...a lot of work and time( and materials) can be lost if things arent right .

it can be bought too from the regular folks...mud hole etc in small sheets...8-10 pieces makes about an inch of ring.

after cutting the bark into 2" X 2" squares I take small 1X pine blocks the same size and used them to assist in clamping.After cleaning up the bark I soaked it and did a "dry" clamp up to get the fit good...then after a week I took it apart scrape them down and remove any loose material...a slight sanding, then glue them up with gorilla glue. They get clamped with a basic cabinet door bar clamp fairly tight...maintaning an even boundary on all sides is important. I cut the rough circle on my band saw and finish sanded the diameter w/ the drum sander. I made them in 1/2, 1, and 1 &1/2 inch rings...for accents , winding check dome on a reverse wells style or for the rear section on any grip...

I think this will really help out with the process...I am mixing these with cork in natural and some medium burn slices too for more accents...

Its a bit of work, but guarantees good connections and adhesion with this slightly unruly material...t

frogg 05-21-2013 12:59 PM

Re: birch bark rings
I'm glad you got to use them.
I always work with them the same way you are. Looking good!

I haven't been on in a while, so I need to look back over a few posts...


noreaster 05-21-2013 05:29 PM

Re: birch bark rings
I love the look of bark grips. I first fell for them on knife grips from Scandinavia.

I wonder if it would be cheaper to use bark instead of cork for production rods? I would rather the look of bark any day. Not much of a commercial market for it I guess, but I do know the cork filler market is booming with clear quality cork so rare.

silvertip8k 05-21-2013 06:41 PM

Re: birch bark rings
I actually am not such a fan of the super clear cork...some of it looks to perfect for me...maybe thats not what you are referring to...I love the natural look of BB and real cork too...

BB does need a bit more attention turning...and special care is required if you are turning it in conjunction w/ cork you dont have boundary edges etc...nothing some TLC can fix...just take your time and dont push on the cork as hard as you do the might get a "dip" in the grip ...

all the best...and thanks again Chris for turning me onto this really cool stuff...I got it down now...t

silvertip8k 05-22-2013 04:37 PM

Re: birch bark rings
frogg is de man! if you find some more downed Birch trees strip some bark for teddy...OK...

Liphookedau 05-22-2013 05:40 PM

Re: birch bark rings
They look great when I get round to Finishing My Grips I'd also like to try a few however getting them is a problem as we don't have Birch over here.

stanbiker 05-22-2013 07:12 PM

Re: birch bark rings
There is a guy here who makes nets and grips with birch. The nets are beautiful and I can't wait to use it now that the ice is finally leaving.

silvertip8k 05-23-2013 05:41 AM

Re: birch bark rings
you can purchase 12" squares from mud hole...

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