Flaming culms for bamboo fly rods

The 11 culms have been flamed with a large torch.  A medium flame finish has been applied to the culms.  This produces a wonderful look on the finished bamboo fly rod.  In addition, the flaming adds some tempering to the bamboo fly rod which makes the action a little crisper.  This step in building bamboo fly rods is critical.  Too little flame applied to the bamboo culms, and the finish is too light.  Too much heat applied to the bamboo culms, and the power fibers can be compromised.  During this process, the large, 200,000 btu torch is passed over the culm multiple times.  The heat is applied in a gradual fashion so that the bamboo culms will have their temperature increase gradually, preserving the integrity of the power fibers.  Too much heat, too soon, will destroy the integrity of the vascular bundle.  Not enough heat, and the plasticizing of the lignin does not occur.

Flamed Culms for Bamboo Fly Rod

Flamed Culms for Bamboo Fly Rod

Posted by on October 19th, 2016

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