Classes

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Learning a craft like bamboo rod making can be a daunting task if the learner sets about doing it themselves.  The sheer cost of materials and tooling alone, have kept many from trying their hand at a hobby that otherwise could have become a fulfilling lifelong passion. Reading books and watching videos may help, but they can be confusing and may leave many questions.

Learning to make a bamboo rod by these methods will require at best a steep learning curve, and at worst lead to disappointment and disillusionment with the entire craft.  That’s why I recommend classes with an experienced rod maker and teacher, who can demonstrate the various steps, and the proper use of the various tools required to produce a quality rod.

Making your first rod with some hands-on instruction will help you determine whether rod making is a hobby you would like to pursue, without first investing a lot of time, or purchasing costly tooling and equipment that you will likely end up trying to sell if decide the hobby is not for you.  Students who complete my class, leave with a completed rod made by themselves under my tutelage.

I strive offer class schedules tailored  to fit the schedules of my student.  I don’t post upcoming sessions, but if you give me a call, I’ll work with you to find a time that works for both of us.  During the classes,  the student will learn the safe use of the same equipment I utilize to produce rods in my shop.  I will share tips I have learned over the years to maximize their effective use and ensure a higher quality result.  Other Instructors will teach you how to assemble components into a fly rod – I will teach you how to make a bamboo fly rod.  Together, we will build a two-piece, single tipped rod.  Class time can on occasion seem intense, and we may work 8-12 hours some days.  Other days may seem more relaxed and laid back depending upon the particular tasks we do that day, and upon your comfort with performing those tasks.  All  tools and materials are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own tools if they have any.  I can evaluate their tools and if necessary tune them properly or offer suggestions for alternate replacements.

The six days of instruction will be organized as follows:

Day 1: selecting a culm, flaming (if desired) splitting and straightening the strips.

Day 2: rough planning, heat-treating, setting planning form,  and tapering the strips.

Day 3: final planning, gluing, straightening the blank, and sanding the sections.

Day 4: Ferrule mounting, assemble / turn the grip,

Day 5: Space and wrap on guides, seal guides. Apply first coat of varnish

Day 6: Apply final varnish coats, rod is ready to take home that afternoon.

My goal is to share my love of the craft of bamboo fly rod making in such a way that the student is motivated to pursue the hobby themselves.  The skills learned in my class will provide the basics necessary to begin making your own rods if you should choose to do so.  Students not only walk away with a completed rod of their own construction, but also with a fulfilling, lifelong hobby.

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The class fee is $1800 per student and a deposit of $500 is required to reserve your spot.