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Old 11-22-2010, 11:21 PM
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If you already have basic rod building skills it is possible to purchase a bamboo blank and construct a rod. As a former professional custom rod builder(glass/graphite) I have done this with mixed reviews on the finished product. There are different techniques required and a lot depends on the blank you recieve. To build a bamboo blank requires carpentry skills and a lot of experience to get it right. Many blanks go in the kindling pile before an acceptable one is produced. Most bamboo builders have worked as an apprentice to a master craftsman for quite a while. I have nothing but respect and admiration for a master bamboo builder! I don't mean to discourage you but if you really want to get into this find a master to learn from and be prepared to put in the time to learn this vanishing skill. There are basic books available.
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