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Fly Fishing Rods #2: Cutting out the birch bark

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Blog entry by Matt Vredenburg posted 09-30-2009 08:08 AM 3886 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Starting my fly rod - finding materials including birch bark Part 2 of Fly Fishing Rods series Part 3: Gluing up the birch bark »

While waiting for some of the materials I have ordered for my fly rods, I have started to prepare the birch bark for glue ups. I also found some very cool looking cork which I have included. I am planning to weave in the cork into the rod handle.

Here’s some pictures for this process.

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stefang

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#1 posted 09-30-2009 10:08 AM

I must be dumb as a rock Matt. It looks like you are going to glue those Birch bark rings together to form a handle, or what? By weaving, I take it to mean that you will be placing some of the cork rings in between some of the Birch bark rings? Anyway it looks interesting. I hope you will show us the finished product. Thanks for the blog.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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ShawnH

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#2 posted 09-30-2009 03:02 PM

Are you making bamboo rods or fiberglass?

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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rustedknuckles

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 04:45 PM

So far I’m liking your approach, birch bark is a good choice as well due to it’s natural waterproof qualities. What will you use as a glue?

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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Matt Vredenburg

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 07:18 AM

ShawnH – since this is my first time, I am using fiberglass. I would love to make a bamboo rod in the future, but need to be successful with these first.

-- Matt, Arizona

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