Well it’s been a hectic stretch in the shop, but I recently took these new blanks out of the oven, took the binder string off, and they’re ready to go into the stock shelf. You can see the swelled butts on some of these as well as the measurements that I use to make sure that the tapers are accurate. I actually enjoy this part — taking the glue and binding off — since it feels like you’ve actually taken the bamboo from it’s rough potential and transformed it into something that now actually feels like a rod, or at least the makings of one. It’s gratifying when you get all of the binding glue removed and can see the clean blank in all it’s glory.
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