Refurbishing Bamboo

Scott Behn

Active Member
#1
Well folks I have now taken the plunge and I'm going to refurbish a South Bend #359-9 for myself. I gotta admit I'm learning alot of new **** that I'm not used to when working with graphite.

So far all I have done is totally strip the boo sticks of all hardware and when I go to work tomorrow I'm going to apply some stripper we have for it.


Man the **** rocks!!!!!

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Before photos in the gallery
 

Scott Behn

Active Member
#3
Yepper did that before I ever took anything apart. Have all ferrule stations mic'd and have all parts that were on the rod sitting in a tupperware dish at the flybench.

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Scott Behn

Active Member
#5
Funny you say that Bob...Mom and Dad live in Gettysburg. The wife and I are moving our family over there to be closer next summer once the two older ones are out of school.

I have to admit I went over there last march for the first time to visit the folks and we (the wife and I) did not want to come back to Washington, and I'm not disgruntle about Washington either. I loved the whole family relationship and communication that takes place, if that makes any sense.

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Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
#6
Not to mention those sweet Limestone Creeks and Boiling Springs! Lucky you!

I was back there for a week in mid march too. Stayed next to the Letort Spring Run. Loved it all.

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Scott Behn

Active Member
#7
I didn't get to fish when I was there, but I have been reading up on the Penn. regulations and some of the local creeks within an easy drive around Gettysburg. Letort, Yellow Breeches, ect. Now I'm going to read up a little on some of the WV. creeks.

Can't wait!!!!
 

Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
#8
Scott, at this point I will PM/email you with some contact info for that area. I am involved with the Cumberland Valley T.U. people a little, and the T.U. Rivers Conservation Camp.
 
#10
Good to see that you are getting into bamboo. I think I saw you posting at clark's bamboo forum. They are quite helpful sometimes. I am currently working on my seventh restoration, it is an old montague.
RMB
 

Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
#11
One bamboo suggestion; look up Hoagey Carmicheal Jr's book about Garrison and building a classic bamboo rod. Much can be gleaned from this great book that will help any restorer do an authentic job on a classic rod. I used to live not far from Hoagey, he had a workshop near Bedford Hills, NY, and he made and restored some of the most beautiful fly rods you ever dreamt of. A very gifted man.
 
#12
Yeah I frequent that other forum as well to get more knowledge...must have knowledge LOL.... I just got tired of refinishing customers' rods and decided to take the plunge and refurbish a few of my own. Yeah we have several books at work, can't think of authors' names at the moment, that I have been reading when it slows down there in the shop.

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#13
Bob, I owned that book and foolishly, gave it away. I seem to recall that he advised against the use of chemical strippers and suggested the careful use of a sharp edged razor blade as a scraper. I think he was of the opinion that chemical strippers. might affect the glue used to hold the segments together.
 
#15
Dammit...I'm wondering now...I have always used this product we have called 3M's Safest Stripper and a green scrubbing pad. I have never thought of what it might do to the glue. So far no problems.

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