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January 2001 - Issue 2

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The January, 2001 issue of Power Fibers contains:


The Pros and Cons of Milling Machines
(By Charles Neuner)

I have seen a number of router-based finish-bevel milling machines for producing finished strips.  These have appeared in articles, books, and most rod builder conventions.

Basically, they finish a strip by removing one side of the bevel by moving...


The Finishing Room:  Drip Tubes, a Viable Alternative
(by Tony Spezio)

I had already made my pull  motor assembly.  I found that where I was going to put it would not work due to a low ceiling.  About that time, I joined the RODMAKERS listserv and saw a post about draining the varnish rather than pulling the rod.  Thanks to that post, my rig is fancier than it needs to be but yet very simple.  It consists of a plywood frame that holds a length of plastic fluorescent tube protector with a petcock drain...


Make Your Own Cap and Ring Reel Seats
(by Bob Nunley)

One of the most costly items on a custom rod is the reel seat.  It’s also one of the most noticeable to a potential customer.  When I watch someone pick up a bamboo rod, the first thing they do is look at the finish, then they check it for straightness, then they go right to the reel seat...


Rodmaker Profile:  Chris McDowell
(by Robert Clarke)

Chris McDowell is quickly becoming one of the better know names among today’s bamboo rod makers.  His work is sought after for the exquisite wraps and finish he applies as well as the overall actions of his rods.

Chris lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife Delores and their children Karissa and Nic.  He is a financial aid advisor....


Rodmaker Profile:  Joseph Perrigo
(by Bob Maulucci)

I remember meeting Joe Perrigo last winter after exchanging several e-mails off the RODMAKERS listserv.  We agree to meet at his shop, which sits next to Joe’s home,  20 feet from the East Koy Creek in Portageville, New York.  After the 1 1/2 hour ride, I remember stepping out of my truck, looking at the  creek, and thinking, “This is the luckiest man in the world.”  Several moments later, when seeing my first glimpse...


Classic Rodmaker Profile:
Asbjoern Hoergaard
(Translated by Danny Twang)

The following interview is taken from “Advice and Tackle, from A. Hoergaard” 1976, which was their brochure that year.  It contains a story on “Fly Fishing in the Mountains,” “Back to Split Cane,” “Knots to Use,” “Tackling Up” and the rest is the range of rods...


The Taper Sheet:  Asbjoern Hoergaard Models
(Compiled by Danny Twang)

Asbjoern Hoergaard offered many models of bamboo rods throughout his long career.  The following are a sampling...


Southern Rodmakers Gathering 2000
(by Bob Nunley)

The mountains of Northwest Arkansas in late October are an awesome sight.  Not like the outrageous beauty of the fall scenery in the Northeast, but a wonder, nonetheless.  Nestled in the middle of the mountains of Northern Arkansas is Dale Fulton’s Blue Ribbon Resort, the home for the past three Southern Rodmakers Gatherings...

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