Rod Making Class October 2009

Bamboo Rod Making Class Flaming Culm

Bamboo Rod Making Class Flaming Culm

Monday morning, 8 am!  Triple tempering a culm of bamboo, a la E.C. Powell.  Paul is off to a great start.  This is the end of several trips down the culm with the torch.  You can see the moisture coming out of the end of the culm.  This process tempers the bamboo, and drives out interstitial and intercellular moisture.

Hand splitting the culm of bamboo

Hand splitting the culm of bamboo

Here Paul is hand splitting the culm of bamboo that he just flamed at the beginning of his rod making class.

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Nodes are dressed down with belt sander, prior to hand splitting bamboo into small width strips.

Calculating node stagger for bamboo fly rod

Calculating node stagger for bamboo fly rod

Node stagger is calculated prior to further splitting.  Paul decided on a 2 up node stagger for his bamboo fly rod.

Bamboo Rod Making Class cutting rod strips to length

Bamboo Rod Making Class cutting rod strips to length

With node stagger calculated, strips are cut to rough length for straightening and planing.

Straightening bamboo fly rod strips with Waara Node Press

Straightening bamboo fly rod strips with Waara Node Press

Paul applies heat judiciously to straighten nodes for his bamboo fly rod.

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