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JANUARY, 2012 (Volume 46)
JANUARY, 2012 (Volume 46)
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Mats Ovidiu. I think you know who I’m talking about). I get these thoughts at the end of the year when I’m getting ready to prepare the first issue of another year. you to exercise the utmost caudrop me an email at the following tion when attempting to build e m a i l a d d r e s s : p o w e r . the editor and advito contact me.sory board of Power Fibers ask tion about improving Power Fibers. feel free and gases. Please have any devices you build and use in your shop checked by a safety professional before attempting to use such devices. Well. but they are still there. This is to guarantee your personal safety and that of others around you. That’s about the time that something happens to bring back the energy and make me search for more material. If you choose to build any device or use any technique found in this magazine. Massimo Copy Editors Bret Reiter Carol Talsma Mark Wendt Advisory Board Russ Gooding Bob Maulucci Bob Nunley J. This time. in contact with machinery. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 5 The First Cast Todd Talsma. Joaquim Oberg.772. Scott Hossack.fibers@bamboorodmaking. Olar Tirocchi.com ties mentioned in this magazine. I start wondering further if I’m going to be able to produce an issue that’s going to do justice to the past. volatile chemicals I can always use more ideas. Making a difference in one person’s life makes everything worth every minute that I put in to bringing these issues to you. I’ve seen some other information that Mats has written about the cabin. Editor Sometimes I wonder if I’m going to have enough material to put out another issue of the magazine. you are doing so at your own risk. or mimic any devices or activifibers@bamboorodmaking. The doubts are usually unfounded. but it was pretty interesting to read and see what they actually did to get the cabin built. If you have a sugges. it never ceases to amaze me that issues come together the way they do. Ron Killian. Ken Loureiro. One of the most interesting articles in this issue to me is the final article by Mats Oberg on the journey he went through building a cabin. I received a letter from a subscriber that’s been with the magazine for a long time (Dave. Power Fibers Online Magazine Editor Todd Talsma Contributors Bahn. Wagner For more info contact: Todd Talsma power. This letter gave me the reason of why I’m doing what I’m doing. As I state at the beginning of Warning! the article. bladed tools.com 8412 North Maple Court Zeeland MI 49464 616.JANUARY.D. I’d love to have a place like this and I’d love to hear from Because many aspects of bamother people about their fishing boo rodmaking bring the maker places.5043 Copyright © 2011 by Power Fibers . Most times.
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a rod can’t be fast or slow. (This point is really interesting if we want to find an answer to this question: how does hollow building affect the bamboo rod’s action? For sure hollowing a rod we lose something in terms of stiffness. In the October issue article. but the information we can get from this approach are not exhaustive enough to understand the real behavoir of our fishing tools during their use.JANUARY. Despite the natural frequency. the rod gives to us a lot of information. a rod can have an higher or lower response to our input and this is related to its natural frequency). but it is also true that we get an advantage in terms of weight lost. and also the cheapest one. We can try to make a little step beyond it trying to reach what we’ll call the Reactive Rod. A lot of studies say to us that we give speed to our line going throught those two subprocesses: translation and rotation. As usual. we assumed that frequency is equal to stiffness/weight. 1998 issue of the Journal of Sound and Vibration) that talks about rods with fast or slow action. Dr. we want to talk about how this energy becomes speed applied to the line. In fact. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 8 Text. we should talk about its natural frequency. I’ll approach these technical issues using simplicity. so now we recall some of those concepts using them to approach a new way to describe the action of a fly fishing rod. I’m talking about translation and rotation movements. and also if we want have some more info to give the right line weight to that rod. Does it make sense to speak about Fast or Slow rod actions? About this point several and very exaustive materials have been written in the past years.) We also said that rods with an higher natural frequency (usually rods with very light tips) have a higher response to the input of the caster and this makes it easier to perform casting with high line speed (yes…!!!! fast or slow can be the way that line reaches the water. Also the very common method to lock a rod on a table and put a weight on its tip can show us how the rod bends. The process aimed to transfer energy from the caster to the line (fly) goes through two main subprocesses. avoiding a pure mathematical and scientific approach in order to make these ideas easily understood and discussed. figures and photos by Massimo Tirrochi Introduction The Italian Job: Living the Bamboo New Age II This brief article aims to go a little more deeply into some aspects that have been described in the previous article published in the October Issue of the Power Fibers magazine with the title Living the Bamboo New Age: the Italian Job. Starting from this point we also said that stiffness is not equal to “fastness” otherwise a broomstick should be the fastest rod in the market. They also said to us that between these two subprocesses the one that allows us to give the line the biggest quantity of speed is the (Continued on page 9) . To do this let’s recall some concepts known to most of us. We don’t want to talk about energy in general. It means almost nothing. if we want to achieve an objective starting point of view about how a rod behaves during casting. Hoffman and others have shown in the past ("Fly Rod Response" published in the January.
♦ It must have the butt and the tip perfectly syncronized to be able to work like an orchestra above all in the moment we force the rod until the 3rd harmonic. ♦ Potential energy: which is the energy due to elastic deformation of the rod. The rod assumes a shape like a wave split in 2/3 parts and we’ll see that each interruption point is represented by a node. the frequency is equal to two or three times its natural frequency. When we force the rod into such vibrations. ♦ Potential energy density: it is maximized when the rod gets its maximun deformation. The reactive rod should be a rod that allows to the angler to transfer as much speed as possible to the line in the shortest amount of time. in the best way. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 9 rotation movement (we also know that rotation must be used very carefully with classic style bamboo rods). A brief and a little bit technical explanation is needed. ♦ It must be very sensitive in the last 10 inches of the tip (this will facilitate the narrow loops or at least very tighted loops).JANUARY. the tradeoff between energy storing capacity and how fast this energy will be transferred to the line in terms of speed. ♦ Kinetic energy density: it is maximized when the rod vibrations are at their maximum. If we assume these definitions a Reactive Rod could have the following features: ♦ It must has a natural frequency > 3 to 3.5 cycles per second. It’s a quick and sudden rotation (I like to see it as an opening and closing camera diaphragm – quick and short) that as we saw in the article published in the October issue in which we force the rod to go beyond its natural frequency. The Reactive Rod First of all. Looking at the image below we can make the followings considerations: (Continued on page 10) . The total energy of the mechanical wave is obtained by the sum between: ♦ Kinetic energy: that is the energy that each portion of the rod possesses because of its transverse velocity oscillation. let’s try to make a definition of what a reactive rod should be. Let’s go deeper above the third one. A very useful concept for us is not the total amount of the energy but the Density of these two unit measures. From this definition we can understand that the design of the taper must be able to manage. If we can understand which is the best way for the rod to react to this high vibrations we can also understand the character of a Reactive Fly Fishing Rod. In this moment (we called this the Boost moment) the rod reaches the 2nd or the 3rd harmonic (also known as 2nd and 3rd mode of vibration). The first two points should be quite clear.
It’s as easy as splicing 90° sticks. we have a 3rd harmonic quite nice. These clamps will self-align the splice and put even clamping pressure where it is needed. Contact Don Schneider for more information & pricing: homes-sold@comcast. the one that is better than the others showing what a Reactive rod should be is the case B.net Shown splicing a 60° Strip. because the waves store some energy and they are ready to quickly transfer it to the line. Here the energy stored is less than the other two cases.JANUARY. ♦ In the case C. In other terms we could also say that maybe a parabolic action rod is able to store more potential (Continued on page 11) 60° / 90° Nodeless Splice Clamp I don’t know if you have ever tried to splice rough 60° strips. which it will also do. but it needs a long time to reach the line. In fact it is the one that allows the caster to give his/her line the highest speed in the shortest time. ♦ In case B. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 10 ♦ In case A (typically a rod with a low natural frequency) the 3rd harmonic shows us that there is a lot of energy. Despite this. . it will be the faster to reach the line. but I could never get right. we see a classic stiff rod with a tip action. Between the three functions described.
what we are looking for. All those bends that store energy must be very quick on transferring the maximun energy stored in the shortest time to our line. Trying to understand how they will work one on the other one is the challenge. making a comparison with the world of electricity energy. In other words. (Continued on page 12) . In the scheme below we also see what a reactive rod should do: We also see what the meaning of a tip and a butt working like an orchestra is.JANUARY. From this point of view a good taper is a taper where all those “bubbole” of energy (bends) are managed in the right way. while we force it to reach the 3rd harmonic. The parabolic rod won’t easily to transform all that potential energy in kinetic energy and so in speed. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 11 energy than a progressive action rod. We can also see that in these conditions the last part of the tip will receive an overcharge of energy coming from the other two bends that we see in the last first part of the tip (near to the ferrules) and the last part of the butt.
Conclusions These considerations have been done knowing that: ♦ The perfect rod doesn’t exist.JANUARY. “The map is not the territory. ♦ We can get a lot energy also from the tension of the line. ♦ A lot of more variables play in the fly fishing casting a strategical role.” Consider also what has been said about the 3rd harmonic is something that could be very useful for an experienced caster. but it could be very hard to feel for a beginner. The 3rd harmonic gives us a (Continued on page 13) . 2012 (Volume 46) Page 12 is a rod able to maximize its “WATT” = the flow of energy that passes through the rod in the unit of time. ♦ As great scientists said.
. Less than one second after this. 28 and 29 of January. In fact. From a rodbuilder point of view I can say that a very critical point in the design of a taper for a such kind of the rods is for sure the butt. different ideas will be very welcome and analyzed with great interest. Anyway I hope that these points could give some inspiration to the bamboo builder during the design of their taper. suggestions. rapidity. As you can see in the following pics the vibrations have not been managed and you can see the very bad result in term of loop. Italo Calvino created a lucid and straightforward introduction to the literature of the third millennium which he filtered into five categories: lightness. so they could be right or wrong. if you open the hand in that moment you’ll “freeze” the rod cutting it into the main pivot rotation. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 13 lot of energy but if the caster doesn’t manage it in the right way.” They come up through an istinctive approach and through intuition. In fact.” In his unforgettable and prophetic “Lezioni Americane” (American Lessons). its effects to the casting could be very bad. A close occasion to do it could be the next Somerset Fly Fishing Show I will attend the next 27. exactitude. When I think high performance bamboo rods I like to imagine them with the same features described by Italo Calvino in his “American Lessons. On TLT Casting Style. In fact the tip has not been managed by the caster and it bends too much. during the casting moment called boosting. this is done avoiding the stop moment and opening the hand one moment after the 3rd harmonic has been achieved. visibility and multiplicity. These ideas are always “a work in progress. Any considerations. the caster must have a great sensitivity to create the conditions that bring the rod to the 3rd mode of vibration. he/she must be able to avoid all the negative influence.JANUARY. opening a wide loop.
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2. Splitting them in 6 pieces allows me to then split each of these in to 4 strips. 5. When I take care of the bamboo right out of the bale. however. similar to Cling Wrap or Saran wrap on each end. When I get the bamboo from the supplier. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 16 Taking Care of Your Bamboo Text by Scott Bahn So you took the plunge and bought some bamboo. By using the pie splitter right away. Here are the steps I use in the process at a high level: 1. but in the following pictures and narrative. 3. so this makes it really easy to get 6 equal pieces out of a culm. The best investment I ever made in a simple tool was a 6-way pie splitter. I mark them as “Tip” or “Butt” and store them in the floor joists of my basement. I take each of the 6 pieces of each culm and use a 1” gouge to chip out the inner nodal dams. etc. bug holes. I have limited storage in my basement. you avoid a drying split developing on its own and traveling where you don’t want it to. 2. there are many different ways to accomplish the same thing and no one way is right. I can split each culm in 6 equal pieces. This topic in theory seems very elementary. but there are several reasons why it works for me and saves me time and effort in the long run. with the number of new bamboo rod makers that join the listserv every year. 3. I can examine the culms and split them where I want them to go. 4. As with anything in rod making. not where they may want to go on their own later on if I do nothing. making 24 total per culm which meets my preferred width I am looking for when making a rod. I can get the culms off the floor and out of my way. I take these 6 pieces when done and wrap them tight in clear shipping plastic. By taking care of the bamboo right away. you will have 2 pieces out of the 6 that will be smaller than the rest making it a little harder to split the strips as I like. high and dry. I can split the culms to go where I want to when dealing with leaf nodes. I will share with you the way that I take care of my bamboo once it arrives in hopes of giving folks out there an idea. What happens over time is that the drying split will open up farther and farther making quite a gap. water marks. Here they are: 1. (Continued on page 17) . 5. The one thing I never liked to do was just put one drying split down the middle of the culm and leave it. it seems to come up as a discussion point from time to time. very few of the culms have developed a drying split on their own.JANUARY. I will admit that the method I use to take care of my bamboo is time consuming. I then take my 6-way pie splitter and split each of the (now 20) culms in to 6 pieces. I take each of the 12 foot culms and cut them in half. So take a look at the pictures and the narrative with each and hopefully this will be helpful or spark an idea as to how you want to handle your bamboo until you choose a culm for your next rod. or different way to store it away until you pull out a culm for that next rod. 4. so by using my method. Buck to be exact. If you then try to use a pie splitter later on. There are several reasons to my madness in doing this seemingly easy task. now what? I’ve wanted to write an article for a while now in regard to how to handle bamboo once you get it home. I like to continually split everything in half using a good hunting knife.
Note that none have drying splits yet except the one on the far right bottom of the picture. Here I can inspect the culms and get an idea of the grade of each.JANUARY. (Continued on page 18) . 2012 (Volume 46) Page 17 The Tools needed (don’t forget the gloves!) A bale of bamboo laid out on saw horses.
JANUARY. I split each culm with the 6-way pie splitter. I cut each culm in half. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 18 First. Next. (Continued on page 19) .
Using the 1” gouge to chip out the inner nodal dams. it makes the splitting process easier later. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 19 All of the culms have been split and laid out. but I also believe that by removing them.JANUARY. (Continued on page 20) . This allows the pieces to lay together for wrapping.
clamp it to my saw horse and wrap up each culm in to a neatly bundled package.JANUARY. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 20 A view after the inner nodal dam is removed. I put a large roll of plastic wrap on a dowel. (Continued on page 21) . Nice and flat for storage.
JANUARY. I run a few 1” x 4” boards across three to four floor joists for support and put the bamboo up there and out of the way high and dry! . 2012 (Volume 46) Page 21 This is a view of some of the bamboo in the ceiling of my basement.
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. It is also one of the hardest to accept a finish. a nice Chokecherry Burl.JANUARY. Here we have a piece of BOW.. There's enough left to attempt a Wall Street II pen so I'll have a go at it. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 24 Applying CA to Cocobolo Text and Photos by Ron Hossack One of the prettiest woods out there is Cocobolo. pieces of shrapnel went all over the place. If you look closely at the X-Cut piece of cocobolo it started out life to be an insert for a BUL5 skeleton but it literally exploded on me . Someone asked me how I apply CA to cocobolo at the pen club meeting and here's my method. (Continued on page 25) . a Xcut Cocobolo and a piece of Rocky Mountain Juniper.
2012 (Volume 46) Page 25 The seat must be water proof for fly fishing because your reel seat sometimes spends more time in the water than out of it. Cocobolo is oily enough you can just polish and get a good shine but that doesn't fit the bill for a reel seat.JANUARY. Cocobolo (and all Rosewood timber) is a very oily and resinous wood and doesn't take a finish very well. I don't remember where I learned this trick but it does work and makes the wood shinier than before. We have a bottle of 70% Isopropyl and I've used 91% rubbing alcohol also (use DNA if you want but it's a waste of $$$). (Continued on page 26) . a pen tube from Woodcraft an eye bolt and a fender washer and the Sumo glue I used in this test. These are the participants in this endeavor. The goal is to remove the resin so the CA will adhere to the blank.
2012 (Volume 46) Page 26 Isopropyl filled half way up tube and wood placed in it.278.6561 .1311/888.1312/888. It's been in there 60 seconds and you can see the oils being pulled from the wood.779.com Screen Printing Rod Tubes Rod Bags Components Phone: 970. 30 minutes each in duration.278.4855 Fax: 970.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. baths.JANUARY.557. I give it two (Continued on page 27) Landmark Components www.
JANUARY. plain and quite ugly. No color. Four coats of Med CA and polished with Tri-M-Ite polishing paper that jewelers use. There is some minor raising of the grain that is taken care of with some 0000 steel wool. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 27 Below is what the wood looks like after the baths. . It may not have made it as a reel seat but may I present to you a Wallstreet II Click Pen wearing a nice piece of X-Cut Cocobolo. It is mounted between centers so I can apply CA.
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where there are more than 720. Algeria. It is an astonishing tree of great longevity and a great capacity for regeneration. Morocco.has unique qualities. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 29 History of Cork Text and photos by Joaquim Loureiro Cork is the bark of cork oak (Quercus Suber L). Very light Impermeable to liquids and gases Elastic and compressible Excellent thermal and acoustic properties Low combustion Very resistant to abrasion But it is. above all. a one hundred percent natural material. 5. It can live on average 150 to 200 years. a noble tree with very special characteristics that grows in Mediterranean regions such as Spain. Unique and to date no human ingenuity could mimic or exceed: 1. Italy. 3. and especially Portugal. 4. Recyclable and biodegradable. 2.000 hectares of cork oak forests. France. despite the many harvests are made throughout its life: about 16 harvests interspersed by nine year periods of no harvests. as well as a cork industry of great economic importance. 6. essential (Continued on page 30) .JANUARY. This plant tissue which is harvested carefully .cork .
Nine years later. so as not to harm the tree.5 meters from the ground. In Italy we found remains dating from the fourth century BC. it requires much manual skill and experience. It's called cork amadia or reproduction. First strike to the tree is in the vertical direction. It is only in the third and subsequent harvests. Then. by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus. the cork will provide. its operation will last 150 years on average. every nine years. the builders of ships and Portuguese caravans that set out to discover new worlds used oak wood in the manufacture of parts exposed to the elements. It is also this time we have one of the first references to the cork oak. Despite its many uses. for centuries the most faithful ambassador of cork stoppers in the world is natural. insulation etc. there have been many references to this product and its varied applications. as well as strong.). From this point. cork with good quality for about a century and a half. Then separate the board with the introduction of the hatchet between the board and the inner bark of belly. including artifacts such as floats. But throughout history." Even in the Roman Empire 44 a. and it never rotted. yields a cork with very irregular structure with a hardness that makes it difficult to work. because it is far from presenting the quality needed for this purpose. The life cycle of the cork as a raw material begins with the extraction of the cork bark. in 1209. as the early agrarian laws protecting cork forests appear at the beginning of the thirteenth century. less hard. you get the cork with the appropriate properties for the production of cork stoppers and discs of quality. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 30 qualities in our current society where you want less pollution and environmentally friendly properties. twist the ax to separate the inner bark. in his botanical treatises. women's shoes and roofing materials. called stripping. amazed. he says. the troops made the shields of protection in cork due to its strength and lightness of this wonderful natural product. C. But how do you take off the cork tree? The stripping of the cork oak is an ancient process that can only be done by specialists. The first stripping. called Desbois. "The faculty that this tree has to renew its bark after it is removed. Each trunk has to reach a circumference of about 70 cm when measured at 1. between mid-May or early June to late August.JANUARY. Egypt. It's called virgin cork to be used in applications other than corks (flooring. stoppers for casks. we obtain a material with a regular structure. This seal of exceptional quality is still preferred and demanded by the major wine producers. After that. cork was in use in China. choosing the deepest crack the shell. the second harvest. At the same time. In 3000 BC. They argued that the "thrash" as it was then called. Babylon and Persia for the manufacture of fishing tackle. you run a twisting movement (Continued on page 31) . the debarkers. was what was best for the bond of the ships. Portugal can boast of having been a pioneer in environmental legislation. producing an average of 15 to 16 harvests throughout his life. since it already has a regular structure with smooth back and tummy. but still not suitable for the manufacture of corks and so-called secondary cork. It consists of five steps: 1. during the Discoveries. Few know that it takes 25 years until the trunk of a cork oak begins to produce and be profitable. which takes place during the most active growth time of the cork. Later.
there are many other possible alternative applications. After extraction of the boards. During this period of rest. There they remain exposed outdoors. but there is still a long way before it can make that object. bookmarks. etc. mark up the tree. To take advantage of and preserve this valuable resource. After removal of the mortar so desired. Wood. 3. For example. 4. skin. the cork is cooked in boiling water for one hour. It is never too often repeated that the cork is a natural. for example. Withdrawal first board. all batteries are constructed taking into account its own rules and very strict in order to allow the stabilization of the cork. 5. using the last number of years in which the extraction took place. Finally. flooring or insulation material. the greater its market value. The board is then carefully removed from the tree. rodmakers and rodbuilders. the cork planks are stacked in the forest or on construction sites within the premises of a factory. After six months of stabilization. these operations are repeated for the whole trunk. So my friends. recyclable and reusable. bulletin boards. coasters. A horizontal cut defines the size of the board of cork that is removed from the tree. It is the skill of debarkers that allows us to obtain the entire board. This period of rest of the cork boards is no less than six months. Although recycled cork is never reused to produce corks for wines or disks for fishing rods. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 31 2. the harvester gives a few blows with the ax. discs. They must be stacked on materials that do not contaminate the cork and prevent contact with soil. to the sun and rain. So we could say that you could already make the discs that are called for when making fishing rods. and that the cork disc has 9 years of growth.JANUARY. However. never forget that each cork disc that passes through your hands is the fruit of a tree with a minimum age of 50 years. a growing number of countries have made efforts to carry out recycling initiatives in order to raise awareness among local people for the wealth of material. it allows the maturation of the raw material and the cork also stabilizes. adherent fragments of cork remain at the base of the trunk. To remove any parasites that exist in cork shims. The larger the planks extracted. of the hatchet between the trunk and the cork strip to be separate. is expressly prohibited because it can transmit fungi. . After boiling the cork. it's back to rest for 3 weeks to get the consistency needed for its transformation into stoppers.
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a smaller weight. My method is based on the height difference between the stations of the planing form. lighter rods is the desire of any bamboo maker. but I am sure that very few of us use the last two or three stations. 1. required to be able to make these ferrules. To make things more clear. Planing form “transformation” Most of the planing forms have 13 stations.JANUARY. Thus. Having this in my mind. it is enough to make bamboo ferrules. standard ferrules or even Super Z. beginning with the planing form transformation. I have tried to work a way out to make these ferrules in a simple manner. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 33 Making Bamboo Ferrules Text and photos by Olar Ovidiu It is a known fact that bamboo ferrules offer a more continuous action. due to this reason. working only with this value. Making better. I have “ruined” the last two stations of my forms in order to get something good. and a much better balance to a rod. (Continued on page 34) . than the classic ferrules made of nickel-silver. The height is in direct connection with the width of a strip. I will explain it in a few steps. So. with fewer tools and less effort.
It is possible. A schematic view of the modified planing form. This length will offer a smooth pass from the width part of the ferrule to the taper dimension.1 = 1. The groove can also be made parallel. to make that even shorter. at choice.4 mm. for example 1. the taper remains the same.JANUARY.1 mm is 2. it is needed to heat the strips when they are put together for the final assembly. If a thicker wall is wanted. because the walls of the female ferrule will be parallel. The point from where we will make the groove deeper with 1. By keeping the decrease.3 mm.1 mm leaves enough material for sanding the finished rod section without affecting the wall thickness.1 mm.5 cm (1’’) away from the 55’’ station of the planing form. To get a wall thickness of 1 mm we will increase the depth of the groove with 1. The extra 0. but in this case.3 + 0. the groove has to be deeper: 1. but in this case the taper needs to be modified. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 34 Modifying the groove between the last two stations of the planing form is based on the ferrule wall thickness that is needed. and making the groove following this decrease. (Continued on page 35) .
5 cm + 5 cm = 107. and gets thinner to the required value of taper at the station) and 5 cm. If you add another one or two cm in length. The station 55” needs to remain intact.5 cm.: if the tip section length is 100 cm (40’’) we will add 2. because there is the reference point of the taper before the ferrule. Strips preparation The strips are made in the same manner like for any rod. (Continued on page 36) .5 cm after this station begins the deeper groove).JANUARY. the length of the strips is calculated as following: Ex. with two differences. The method applied is one described by Thomas Penrose. The station before the one we are modifying (in this case station 50) needs to be opened wide enough. (the part where the ferrule begins. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 35 and more. In this manner the reamer will not remove any material from the station 55’’ (2. you will need only these tools . • • First. The total length is 100 cm + 2. Secondly. the actual length of the ferrule. the friction that holds the ferrules together is also generated by the conicity of the taper. with a few differences. 2. make the strips wider than normal.5 cm (1”) the length needed for the slope. To make these changes on the planning form.
except that at the last two stations the depth of the groove is set 1.00 mm. and it is set at the value 1.9 mm + 1. the next station of the butt section has the value of 1.9 mm. the next station 45.JANUARY.2 = 3.2 mm bigger than the taper. in our case 40.9 + 1. this way any mistakes can be corrected without ruining the strips.8 + 1. to get the desired length of ferrule. Setting only these three stations is enough not to make any mistakes.8mm (the value of the tip at the last point of the taper). The modified part of the planing is set as following: Ex: we have a rod.8 mm The first station of the butt section is 0 (as we set this when planing) with the value 1. before the 7. We mark each strip with a pen at the last station.8 mm.2 mm = 3. If you want. just as example. (Continued on page 37) . The station 50 is set at the value 1.6 mm (the value of the station 35 from the tip section taper). 3. We set the planing form for making the ferrule as following: The 55 station of the planing is set to the value of 1. I have chosen random values.9 mm 50 2 mm 55 2. up to 0. • • All six strips are planed this way. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 36 it will help you repair any mistakes that could appear during the planing. the value to set is 1.1 mm = 3 mm (the second station of taper from the butt section has the value 1.1 mm.5 cm and does not arrive at the 45 station.1.2 mm So the last station for the tip section is 40 with the value of 1. Planing the strips The planing form is set as the taper requires. even though from 40 station the strip is only 7.3 mm. you can also adjust the other stations ahead. The station 60 is set at 1. The last station of the rod section. two pieces. This excess can be cut away after the strips are glued together. four weight.5 cm.6 mm 40 1.8 mm 45 1. It is better to leave the strips larger with 0.9). The middle part of the taper (the half of the rod) is at the station 40 Taper dimensions: 35 1.
When all the strips are planed. one side. In this way. one pass of the plane. carefully removing small parts of the section. Any extra marks are good.5 cm.JANUARY. we will get even slopes on each side of the strip. In my opinion. this length is more than enough to offer strength and to not lose the elasticity of the rod. so we can see if there are any gaps between the strips or the strips are not planed equally. (Continued on page 38) . All the strips are planed in this groove. As it can be seen in the photo above. The next step is the preliminary assembly. the total length of the ferrule and the part with the slope is 7. we get to the “hollowing” process. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 37 The strips are put in this groove with the mark that we have made early at the station 55 (photo below).
5 cm. 3. the ferrule can be made shorter. even if the time needed is much longer as precision is a very important factor. The finished result: . For those who choose to make the wall thickness larger then 1 mm. Also. in regards to the benefits of the finished rod. a ferrule length of 3. Another main advantage is that the tools required are minimal. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 38 The length of the ferrules are made is according with the weight of the rod. for a five weight.5 cm is more than enough. 5 – 5.JANUARY. the cost for producing these ferrules is very low.5 – 4 cm. For a two weight rod. The advantages of this type of ferrule are obvious for everyone. everyone already has them in the “genesis chamber” of bamboo rods. For a three weight.
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As any rod builder knows. Seeing how counter space was also limited. I still wanted the aesthetics of it (Continued on page 42) . I saw everything from plastic tent covered twoby-fours to very elaborate curio cabinets.JANUARY. lint. I was flattered when Todd contacted me and asked me to do a piece on a drying box I had built. I could get by with one sheet of plywood. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 41 Rod Drying Box Text and photos by Ken Killian As I have never been asked to write an article for anyone outside of college. and any other object that is floating around in your rod building room seems to be drawn to your wet finish like a trout to a mayfly hatch. I went to my local hardware store and bought a sheet of birch plywood along with the rest of my supplies and headed home. I needed something compact. Wall Mounted Dryer Box I sat down and did some quick measurements on paper and figured if I do this right. dust. I jumped online and took a look at different styles of drying boxes. I finally had enough. yet large enough to hold two rod turners. my dryer box had to mount on the wall. pet hair. Even though this box is being built just to dry rods. a couple pieces of Plexiglas. One day I was redoing the finish on one particular rod for the third time. I was also limited to a small 10x10 room inside my three bedroom home. a piano hinge and some latches. I made the box a few years ago after becoming frustrated with trying to keep dust and other objects off of my drying rods.
I assembled the box so that the overall dimensions would be 72x10x14.JANUARY. As I mentioned before. I glued all seams and used my brad nailer to reinforce the joints. I had to keep the box somewhat compact. I ripped two strips to 14 inches (top and bottom). I cut two large windows into the face of the box to install Plexiglas windows and did the same on the left end. thus using the birch plywood. so I made the overall length of the box six feet long. one at 10 (front) and one at nine (back). (Continued on page 43) . I have enough plywood left over to add an extension to the box. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 42 to be pleasing to the eye. The window is secured using mirror brackets so it can be removed. The window on the left end was put in so I can fit longer rods. I also used thin foam tape to take up any slack. So I laid out my measurements on the 4x8 sheet of plywood and cross-cut it at six feet. I cut out the ends of the box to 9x13. From there. so when I do turn a longer rod. it still remains enclosed and away from floating debris. Most of the rods I build are four piece rods.
I find the middle setting puts out just the right amount of heat to (Continued on page 44) . using a piano hinge along the entire length of the box. Three drawer latches across the top keep the door secure. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 43 Removable Side Window Latch on Box Corner I secured the door. They have a three position dimmer switch as well. I used foam tape along the entire opening of the door to seal out any dust.JANUARY. These have 20 watt bulbs and came with all of the hardware to install them. Inside Box with Halogen Lights While I was at the hardware store. which measures 14x72. I also purchased a string of six under the counter halogen lights.
JANUARY. so I can have it shut off after the specified time. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 44 keep the box at 76 degrees. I also installed a 3pk of the under counter lights on the bottom of the box to help light up the work bench. I have very few issues with dust now and the finish dries nice and smooth. There is a switch for that on the panel as well. All this is plugged into a light timer. Under Cabinet Lighting Rod Dryers Control Box I am very happy with how this turned out. (Continued on page 45) . I also bought a two gang outlet box and a couple of switches. I have two PacBay rod turners that I hard-wired into the box so I can turn them on and off from outside the box.
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A logged fishing cabin on a river in the high country up north. This was over twenty-five years ago but I already knew back then I was hooked on the place. I first came to the area in the early eighties with my childhood friend who already had a cabin up there as he wanted to show it to me as well as the nice surroundings. About ten years ago. Hopefully you enjoy the story that Mats tells us about his special place! Here´s the story of how I fell in love with a place and bought a piece of property with no road to it and how I travelled a few times a year in eight years to build what I´ve been wanting for a long time. I’d also be interested to hear from anyone that has a special place to use as a fishing spot. I got the opportunity to buy a piece of land just by this river I knew. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 47 The Cabin Build Text and photos by Mats Oberg Editor’s note: I’d love to have a place like Mats writes about in this article.JANUARY. It´s really a nice place with fishing pretty much all over and if you just get off the main road you´ll be able to hit some good fishing spots that haven´t seen too many people. This was when the work began. (Continued on page 48) . which would be fifteen years later.
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The first thing was to check out the river just at the supposed location for the cabin. I mean, if the fishing wasn´t any good right there, why should I bother? Well, it seems like the great river spirit liked my company and I was able to hook a brown within just a few minutes and from that moment the spot had my attention. I had the trout for dinner on the river bank and went the 850 kilometers back home and gave the landlord a call. The next winter I headed up there again to sign the contract and make the arrangements for being the owner of the property. The landlord suggested we should take the snowmobile and head up to the spot to make the handshake, which is pretty much the old way of making a deal and I found that to be the only way to do it. So, we went up there, made a fire and got the coffee pot going. On a reindeer hide in the snow by the fire we shook hands with a firm look in the eye and that was it. I was now the official owner of the place. Afterwards we headed back to his place and signed the papers, but that felt just like a formality...
The next summer over a dinner he asked me how I planned to proceed with the project and I said I didn´t have any specific plans yet. It was time to check on a good craftsman who could log a cabin for me. “Well,” he said, “I think you should get yourself a little shack to keep your stuff in meanwhile, as this was a several year project and to be able to keep some stuff under
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a roof.” “That´s probably a good idea,” I answered, “but I need to give it some consideration first. Do you have any suggestions?” “Well, I actually have an old little hay barn not far from your place that I want to give to you. It goes with the property and you don´t have to pay me anything for it. But it´s in bad shape withouth any roof, so it´s a bit of work to get it OK.” “Done deal,” I said without thinking too much about the work.... We went to the spot for the old hay barn and that´s when I realized what I had got myself into. The miserable thing looked more like a pile of firewood than a barn. The roof had fallen in, it had sunk down into the ground at least two logs deep and I was only a second or two from saying I had to pass on it.
But somehow I saw the potential in the poor pile of logs. So that next fall I was on the spot again, marking the logs for taking it down as you do when you are moving a thing like this and it was actually in pretty good shape for its age and how it first looked.
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After half a day of work it was all down and stacked for transport with the snowmobile the next easter (no roads, remember?)
Easter came and the logs were transported up to the spot with the old Yamaha Viking. These are the two first logs as I wanted to get the feel for how the rig handled. It took a good day to finish the job. Good thing my buddy came along with a camera as I didn´t have one myself.
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JANUARY. Also. here I had a new pile of logs and I was eager to get started. This would make for a good combined outhouse and firewood shed when the whole project was done. But at this time. the spot needed a clear cut and I managed to gather all the logs for the replacments on the property. I soon realized I had to get a new good Husky chainsaw as I had to reject about 30 percent of the wall logs and replace them with new wood and also get all the lumber and logs for the roof. I already had an older Husky but this job called for a shiny and brand new orange logging hot rod. So. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 51 The next summer it was time to set up the little shack. (Continued on page 52) . I just though it was a lot more extra work than my intentions had been.
It became really fun to throw around those spruce logs and after some time I had got some structure on the thing. (Continued on page 53) . 2012 (Volume 46) Page 52 I started out with impregnated telepone poles as bottom turns for making it all safer for rotting from moisture as the north side was not too high above the ground. Several cut down spruce trees later the area for the coming main cabin and the space around it was clear from trees and it felt like I was heading in the right direction with this.JANUARY. logging fresh timber for the logs I had rejected.
We put in some rugged flooring from aspen. just a cabin with four walls measuring 5X5 meters inside. (Continued on page 54) . so we kept the ceiling quite low. Now we had us the best outhouse we could ask for. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 53 It felt good to get the steel roof in place to keep tools and stuff dry from rain. all to keep some "economy" with the firewood. The problem is to keep a large cabin warm in the winter and especially in springtime when you want to spend time there.JANUARY. By this time I got in contact with a guy in town who was a skilled logger and I ordered logging for the cabin from him. a simple door and made a "single seater" in the far corner with a screen wall and it was all set. The next summer I brought the kids with me to see the logging and I think they thought it was quite cool. Not some big fancy stuff.
(Continued on page 55) . 2012 (Volume 46) Page 54 Here´s the logging in progress in his shop that winter. the logger.JANUARY. The kids thought it was pretty fun to see their future cabin and here they are with Peder. In the springtime. he took it down and set it up outside to make the remaining logging with the beams.
2012 (Volume 46) Page 55 Now. By midsummer of 2007. the logging stood for 2 years to get it to "calm down" and settle before we took it down in March of 2007 and drove it on a logging truck up to the high country where it was unloaded by the road. This is in the evening (a day later) and the morning after we started to make the roofing with insulation and all.00 PM when (Continued on page 56) . This is Peder again. It took two days to do it and it was really easy with a big Yamaha four stroke Viking. the guy who made the logging. That´s some neat machinery. it´s really bugging me I don´t have any images from when we towed all the logs for the cabin to the property. Anders is checking so that everything is ok. there so we worked late hours to get the job done as quickly as possible.JANUARY. waving away mosquitos which were quite numerous that summer. I simply forgot the camera that trip. Well anyway. I think the photo below is taken about 11. My buddy and I towed the logs with the snowmobile the last distance. we headed up there and started to put the logging together. This time of year there is no dark or even dusk up.
2012 (Volume 46) Page 56 we called it a day. It was in September and well in to fall with beautiful colors. We started out on Monday by noon with the whole build-up and Peder left us on Thursday afternoon when Anders and I only had the steel roofing left to do. Friday by noon the roof was sealed and it started to rain.JANUARY.. I had to go four wheeling with the lumber on the truck the last distance and then (Continued on page 57) . as we knew the heavy rain was around the corner.. Later that year I went up there again to do some work. As there´s no road. insulation and all. We had an evil overcast with some light rain from time to time which made us speed up the work.. It rained for four days in a row and we were just plain lucky it didn´t come over us earlier.
the porch and the supporting beams for the porch and the "brimmed" roof. Could be worse.. On the bed is the flooring beams. The flooring beams from black spruce measuring 3'' X 8'' and 15 feet long weren´t exactly light to carry uphill..JANUARY. Could be concrete. with the rear wheels backed down into the little brook to unload the lumber. This is what I´ll see every time I sit down by the table. This is as far as I can get. (Continued on page 58) . 2012 (Volume 46) Page 57 carry the stuff on my shoulder up to the cabin.
JANUARY. staircase. door. Summer of 2009. and now the beloved cabin has all the windows. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 58 The following summer of 2008. (Continued on page 59) . the flooring and the windows were in place and also some other stuff like the porch and such. porch and the wood stove in place.
2012 (Volume 46) Page 59 In the summer in 2010. So now. But this is good.rewarding. this is just what you need. even myself. even though some improvements are on the list.JANUARY. will be able to call it completed... a simple kitchen with a propane stove and also a couple of beds were installed. My son and I spent a few nights there in August and it was. (Continued on page 60) .
so it has been a few trips during these eight years. . I logged all the lumber for the place and sawed it on my sawmill at the farmplace and drove it the 350 Kilometers on the truck up there. And I had 1700 Kilometer back and forth from Stockholm each trip. not to mention the long distance and all the planning to get everything to work out and not forgetting anything. But it sure feels good now when it´s done! Now we have some fishing to catch up with.JANUARY. 2012 (Volume 46) Page 60 It´s been a long journey from that handshake to this point.
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