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Old 11-23-2010, 12:20 PM
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I'll tell you the way I started and I encourage anyone interested in learning to jump right in. I purchased the book by Wayne Cattanach and read it cover to cover. If you like building things, this will be an easy read. It covers everything from picking the piece of bamboo to building all of the tools required to complete your first rod. After readnig the book, I started with the first step. Work through the book step by step and one day you will have a finished rod. No step is difficult. I'll repeat that, no step is difficult. It just takes a little time before you find your way of accomplishing that task. There are several ways to do each step but I would encourage you to try and do it by the book first. The internet is a wealth of information but it can be distracting at times because everyone has their own twist on how to accomplish the same task. When you get to a point where you need a new tool or device for the next step, the book will tell you in detail how to make it. That's about all I got for now but if you ever want to talk more in detail, feel free to email me at maker AT gmreeves DOT com. Bamboo rod building isn't hard and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It does take patience, some basic wood working skills, and maybe a half an arm or half a leg. My biggest advice to anyone interested is don't put off starting. You won't know if you can do it if you never try.
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