Selection, splitting and staggering.Step two
mm fly rods
Heat treatingStep five
Hand planing 1Step six
Hand planing 2
Final dimensionsStep eight
Attaching hardwareStep nine
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Wrapping a bamboo rod is almost like wrapping any other rod. the big difference is the fact that there is little tension on the flats. All the tension is on the edges. The traditional wrap is silk, and I do some silk wraps, but my background in rod building was nylon and I still use a lot of it. especially white. why? Because white has a tendency to disappear under some finishes, like varnish.
The first step it to pick out a color or colors you believe will be attractive on the specific rod you're wrapping. I like earth tones, browns, greens and the like. White and black tipping seem to work the best. I try to stay away from some color combinations. Remember Spar Varnish will darken the wraps.
I'd like to say that I came up with a unique way to wrap, but I didn't. I do it like a lot of people. I use a bobbin, much like a fly tying bobbin. I hang the bobbin over the edge of the work bench and wrap until I'm done or the bobbin is up to the bottom of the thread guide. Then I just pull out another two or two and a half ft. If I mess up. I can unwind the rod and the weight of the bobbin keeps the thread tight.