Why you should buy my Book …

 You should buy my book because: 

  • it is the most complete and up-to-date source of hard information on bamboo rod building.
  • it contains approximately double the information compared with the first edition.
  • it is a permanent reference source book.

 The book explains the following:

 HOW TO …

  • produce the best heat treatment – pg.43
  • shrink oversize female ferrules – pgs.195, 196
  • expand undersize ferrules male or female – pgs.195 – 198
  • new ways of node pressing – pgs.151 – 153 and 217
  • news ways of protecting varnish finishes on sliding band reel seats – pgs.187, 188
  • build a really good oven – pgs.158, 160 -164 and 214 – 216
  • optimum design for alternative graphite ferrules – pg.223
  • optimum design for alternative bamboo ferrules – pg.229 

AND it explains WHY …

  • you should never heat brown bamboo by any means – pgs.15 – 44
  • you should not use epoxy glues for ferrules – pg.172
  • you should leave hours between heat-treatment and glue-up to rehydrate strips – pgs.25, 26
  • you should not use silk to wrap guides – pg.184
  • you should never use colour preserver – pg.184
  • sawn strips are inferior – pgs.148, 149
  • many ferrules are poorly mounted – pgs.169 – 171
  • most innovative rod sections do not provide any significant advantage – pgs.88 – 98
  • you should not use flaming on a rod as heat-treatment – pgs.15 – 44 and 159
  • you should not use flaming as a cosmetic brown tone – pg.43, 44
  • most line guide placement charts are wrong or at best inadequate – pgs.182, 183
  • “Stress Curve” rod design is humbug – pgs.123 – 128
  • most general purpose fly line designs are poor performers, particularly with bamboo rods – pgs.139 – 141
  • many rod builders’ ovens are poor, i.e. they don’t go high enough (392ºF) and do not measure the air stream passing over the bamboo.
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