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April 2013, Issue 52

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The April, 2013 issue of Power Fibers contains:


MillerFly Rods and Ukuleles
(by Ed Miller)

You are probably saying, “What do fly rods and ukuleles have to do with each other?” Well, casting a nice cane rod can be compared to making music, but that’s not what I’m writing about today.

For about fifteen years I have made rods for myself and a few friends and I have tried all the popular GLUES.  Hint.  Resorcinal, Shell Epon, Urac, and Titebond 2 and TB3, and polyurethane glue.  Over those years I have struggled with the reasons to use each....


Drake13’ Spey Rod
(by Jerry Drake)

I am making a 13' spey rod and thought folks might be interested in the project.



Rod details:

Length 13'
Pieces 3
Gr wt 560 - 620
Geometry Hex hollow

Picture of the rod components on the bench. I have already split, rough beveled and staggered the nodes.....


MHM Corner:  Anvil Installation in Cold Weather
(by Kurt Wolko)

This afternoon I went out to the workshop to continue work on a hollowing gadget I’ve been working on for quite some time. The shop only has heat when I turn it on, and it’s been pretty cold the past few days here in Maryland. Everything inside stays cold and takes a long to warm up.

I had forgotten what I had last worked on with the handmill, and had to take a few minutes to remember. It probably took a lot longer just to clean a path to the mill, as there have been several other non-rodmaking projects that seem  to  always  take precedence...


BurkettTwisting Guides Part II: 
     The Flat Foot Floogie
(by Floyd Burkett)

Some years back after I made my first guide twisters, I came up with an ideal for making a foot flattener that would make it easier to get good repeatable results. I thought it would be a good follow up to the first article on making the twister. Shortly after the first article ran one of the list members came up with the perfect name for the tool: The Flat Foote Floogie....


ReillyBeginnings in Reel Seats
(by Simon Reilly)

I wanted to make my own reel seats, part of a desire to learn as much as I can about rod making. Simple slide bands in a variety of formats are easy enough to turn on a lathe, but there seems to be little information out there about screw locking seats. I turned to Mr. Garrison as the only source I could find and adjusted his methods to suit my needs. “The Book” gives instructions for a down locking assembly but I have problems with them...

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