Local Bamboo Rod Makers?


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Rod Building Tools,
I am currently traveling and don’t have many photo’s. These are pictures of my planning forms and heat treatment oven; I don’t think the oven was quite finished at the time of this photo. The oven is a hot air circulating oven that maintains a very constant temperature.
I made the forms myself and at the end of the process I promised myself that if I ever needed another set I would just buy them. When you balance the cost of the raw materials, time, and blisters from draw filing a set of Bellinger forms is pretty reasonable.


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The oven is based on a design by Don Anderson. It is heated with a pair of 60” electric heating elements with an internal fan that pulls air from one end pushes it past the heating elements and enters the other end. 1 element in manually controlled and used for initial heat up (turned on and off with a switch). The other is controlled via a PID temperature controller.

Ed Call

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Clearly Mike is not as funny as he thinks. Lonnie, great looking work on the binder. When should I come over to start bugging the crap out of you, er, I mean learning how to make a grass rod? I fished my Lew C Parks 4wt yesterday, awesome feel and powerful delivery. When you bamboo junkies decide to gather to show off, I hope that I'm invited.
Nice work Lonnie! Are you sure you want to get glue dripping all over that? I am curious as to how you created the recess in the UHMW rod tracks?

I just got started on rod #10, a special number I am making for my good friend Kent Lufkin. It's a convex taper based on a Ray Gould taper, 7'10" 5wt.


Love vintage graphite!

You mean I might have to slop glue all over this thing? :rofl: I made everything (other than the wood torsion box) from either stainless, aluminum, UHMW or delrin, and it can all be easily removed and dropped into a bucket of soapy water or held under the garden hose. Providing I use a water based glue it should clean right up. :thumb:

The UHMW is 3/4" thick. I wanted the groove to be 3/4" wide and 5/8" deep. This would leave me 1/8" of material below the groove. As luck would have it I found a 3/4" core box router bit with a 5/8" cutting length...perfect. I chucked the bit into my router table and used a couple of feather boards...one to hold the UHMW down right over the bit and one to press it into the fence at the bit. Then I simply started running the UHMW sheets through the router a little at a time until I had reached full cutting depth on the bit. It worked fantastic. UHMW machines really easily with woodworking tools (but it is messy as hell!). I added the 3/4" x 3/4" aluminum angle on top of the tracks just to give the UHMW some rigidity and hold it straight.

Thanks for the compliment!


Love vintage graphite!
I made some more sawdust in the shop......

This is a planing jig I just finished. It is basically a clamping jig that will hold a bamboo strip on edge so that each edge can be hand planed to a dimension that will fit in the roughing beveler. The clamping force is simply applied by the cam levers forcing a clamping block against the strip. The second photo is an end view showing how a strip sits in the groove.
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This is an attachment I made for my heat gun. It is a mini oven for heating nodes for flattening. The strip rests on two steel rods inside the tube. When it reaches the desired temp....
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It is removed and clamped in one of these vises. I can have two strips going at once to save time.
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This is a simple cradle for hold a full culm of bamboo. The blue cord is draped over the top of the culm and has a loop in the end where I can put my foot and apply pressure to the cord, which clamps the culm in the cradle. This allows me to do the initial work on the nodes like filing/sanding while using both hands.
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