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July 2011
Issue 44

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The July, 2011 issue of Power Fibers contains:

Book Review: Larry Tusoni’s RodDNA Designer

This new software program and book marks another leap forward for anyone who wants to design bamboo fly rods. After Larry Tusoni created RodDNA, we had a series of long talks on what a real rod design program should be. Up to then, everything has been to enable someone to engage in rod tweaking. The conceptual new program would give a rodmaker a total design environment along the lines of Adobe Photoshop where you can build complex items using basic building blocks...

The 18 Strip Rod

All over the world the number of rod makers is growing faster than bamboo in China can grow – which is fantastic! New, skilled artisans join the community in every part of the world each year.

Garrison and Charmichael’s Master´s Guide to Making a Bamboo Fly Rod gained the status of a bible. Not only the new disciples follow Garrison´s dogma religiously. Based on Garrison´s profound knowledge, many rods have seen the light of day once they emerged from handymen´s basements.... 


Inexpensive Binding

I got this idea to bind without a binder from Ray Gould's book first off, so thank you to Ray. It's an inexpensive method of binding using braided sleeve and a rack made from 2 x 4 scraps. My rack is 2' wide and 6' high with hardwood plates on the top and bottom. You will need four open eye bolts w/lag bolt thread for the bottom and four open eye bolts with S.A.E. thread with nuts and washers for the top. The bottom eyes are turned in permanently. On top you drill four holes lined up with the bottom hooks, you insert the eyes from the bottom...

And Now for Something Completely Different

I've been riding bicycles a lot longer than I've been making bamboo rods. Like most people, I started riding bicycles as a child. In 1984, I bought a good touring bicycle that I still use to commute to work. I've also got a couple of mountain bikes. Since getting into bamboo rodmaking, I have developed a fondness for all things bamboo. I've made bamboo knitting needles....

Ferrules - Last but not Least

As we have said in earlier articles, ferrules were an integral part of classic rod design and rod making. As Lawson Upchurch, who made the ferrules at Payne said, they matched the ferrules to the rod to make a complete package. The ferrules are integral to the classic taper.

It seems today that a lot of the understanding and wisdom the classic rodmakers had about ferrules has been lost...

EW Edwards DeLuxe and Stepping Off the Ledge

I received an email today from Art Parramoure regarding the two tips to my Edwards DeLuxe he is scarfing. Art was pretty concerned as to the varnish condition on the tips and if the rod was in the same condition, a complete refinish was warranted. Ever since I bought the rod on the 1st of March, I have had that fact in the back of my mind....


Joe’s Rod Shop Tutorials: Drawn Cap and Rings

Well, a while back there was talk about drawing cups and rings for reel seats. This has always interested me so I thought I would give it a whirl! First off I want to give Gary Dabrowski a great big thanks for his excellent article on how to make the necessary tools and dies.

Well, I spent an entire weekend making the necessary tools...

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