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.