Bamboo: Fact, Fiction and Flyrods – II

I apologise but please DO NOT attempt to order the book yet – the order button is not connected to PayPal.  The Canadian Paypal account has been closed and a new UK account opened.  I just need some techie advice on how to connect everything up before anyone can order.

The hard copy version of the book is SOLD OUT but, eventually, it will be available in electronic form for download at £20. 

Pam and I moved to the UK last year.  The relocation from Canada has proved to be a lot more time consuming then anticipated and we apologize for leaving customers in limbo for much longer than expected.

If you have a query, please email me at  [Updated April 15 2016]

It is proposed to make the 2nd edition of  Bamboo:  Fact, Fiction and Flyrods available to download through this website.   To order, please visit the Ordering Page.  The 2nd edition is greatly enlarged and revised over the 1st edition.  It consists of 258 pages, 60 photographs, 144 drawings and 86 graph plots.

The main addition is a study linking heat-treating, flexing, set, ageing and breakage.  Previous studies are reviewed and the combined conclusion specifies the optimum heat-treatment for bamboo.

Throughout the book, the text is revised to reflect ageing and lifespan factors.  New sections are included on experimental rod cross-sections, fly lines, oven designs, node pressing, ferrule making in graphite and bamboo, and major repair techniques.  Much of this information is not available elsewhere.  Since publication of the second edition, I have written a separate supplement examining flame treatment and flexing life.  This is also now included when you buy the book.

Bamboo:  Fact, Fiction and Flyrods – II is essential reading and reference material for all serious bamboo rod-builders.

Comments by reviewers of the book:

“Milward has … advanced rod making to a new/higher level.”
R.J. Barch, Editor, The Planing Form
Issue #123 June 2010

“It is the most scientific compendium on bamboo and rod construction yet written.”
John Zimny, Rod-builder
Delaware, USA

“These (machine) drawings are almost worth the price of the book themselves! … I highly recommend Bob’s new book.”
Todd Talsma Editor, Power Fibers emagazine
July 2010 issue, pg.6

“… covers a wide spectrum of topics, in depth.
It will find its place right beside Garrison.”

Dr. Wolfram Schott, Rod-builder and bamboo researcher