SRG 2014 Registration is Open

Go to the Southern Rodmakers blog for registration information and gathering announcements. Here's a link to the blog:

Andy Royer

Everyone is probably aware of Andy Royer's health situation by now. It appears that he sold a years worth of bamboo in one month when the word got out. I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from the bamboo rod making community long after everyone has stocked up. Here's a link to his blog with bamboo inventory info.

And here's a link to Andy's Caring Bridge site. There are instructions for making Paypal donations on his home page.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Rod Wrapper

Posted by David Bolin


Here are the photos of the rod wrapper that I promised. The wire thing holds the thread perpendicular to the rod. I look down on the rod as I wrap. I want to barely see the straight thread stretched tight below the rod. That's my plumb line. I can see where the wraps are going to lay on the blank by the angle of the thread. It just takes a couple minutes to wrap a guide foot with this setup. Without a plumb line, it might take 10 or 12 minutes. I've experimented with several different wrapping setups and this is the most comfortable for me. It also produces the best results.

I got the idea for the tensioners that hold the thread from Tony Spezio. I can't remember where I got those cup shaped plastic washers. I just remember that it was something Tony told me I could find at the hardware store. Whatever it was, it was cheap, and works great.

Also, notice the rod cradles mounted to clamps. I use four clamps to cradle the rod. You've probably seen much cooler looking wrapping jigs, but this one does everything the high dollar rigs do for a really small investment. Like a dollar a piece for the clamps at the flea market and homemade cradles from scrap plastic. This rod wrapping setup cost less than $10. The vertical height of the cradles is adjustable by about an inch to level up the rod. Horizontal adjustments are unlimited...just move the clamps as needed. Simple is good!

Rodmakers Gatherings

February - SuperBoo, Fairfield, Maine, USA
April 2 - Carolina Cane Gathering, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
April - Catskill Cane Revival, Livingston Manor, New York, USA
April - Chicago Area Cane Gathering, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA
April - Corbett Lake (biannual in 2012), Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
May 6,7,8 - European Rodmakers Gathering, 58453 Sansepolcro, Italy
May - Canadian Cane (next biannual in 2011), location varies, Canada
May 7 - Buckeye Bamboo Bash, Belleville, Ohio, USA
May - Bamboo Fly Rod Classic, Madison, Virginia, USA
May - Townsend Bamboo Bash, Townsend, Tennessee, USA
June - Melbourne Makers Day, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
June - Victorian Fly Fishers Association Cane Day, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
June - Rodmakers at Grayrock, Grayling, Michigan, USA
July - Colorado Rodmakers Reunion, Marble, Colorado, USA
July - Metolius Bamboo Rod Fair, Camp Sherman, Oregon, USA
September - Catskill Gathering, Livingston Manor/Roscoe, New York, USA
October - Eastern Sierra Rod Makers Gathering, Bridgeport, California, USA
October - Great Western, Dunsmuir, California, USA
October - Penobscot Gathering, Eddington, Maine, USA
October 20,21,22 - Southern Rodmakers Gathering, Mountain Home, Arkansas, USA

How many bamboo rods have you made?

What type of finish do you use?

Which rod components do you make?

Do you soak your bamboo?

Which rod geometries do you make?

What kind of glue do you use to glue up rod blanks?

At what temperature do you heat treat (degrees F)?

What kind of ferrules do you use?

How do you apply finish to a rod?

What would you rather be doing?

What are your favorite bamboo rod lengths?

How do you flatten the nodes?

Do you pin ferrules?

Which tapers do you recommend for a first build?

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