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July 2009
Issue 36

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The July, 2009 issue of Power Fibers contains:

The Baginski Beveler

The Baginski Beveler is a roughing beveler that is inexpensive, easy to build, produces accurate strips with edges precisely parallel to the fibers, and is very easy to use. My friend, Rolf Baginski, invented this device. Rolf does not guarantee that someone else didn’t invent it before he did, insisting that, if I describe it as the ”Baginski Beveler”€ then I must assume responsibility...

Spalt Your Own

A Recipe for Creating Spalted Wood

Since the question of spalting comes up time and again, I will share a description of what I use when the natural ingredients aren't available.

A "brew" of some kind is required when the conditions for natural spalting do not exist. There are a lot of ways to induce spalting. Like everything else in woodturning, nothing is "tried and true." You will have to experiment. Some wood spalts. Some wood just rots...


The Old Fish

I found a picture today and a wonderful story comes to mind. This is the great thing about fishing pictures...they are like a computer that brings the past to the present and you can live and feel some special catches again.

It was a cold day in March, some 15 years ago now. I remember that it was not a typical day, there was no wind...

Horsehair Fly Line

I admit, I’m a history buff - especially when it comes to the history of angling. Today, we take manufactured rods, reels, hooks, lines and tippet for granted. Anglers of past centuries did not have these conveniences; they had to make their own equipment.

I’ve been studying and experimenting with historical angling equipment for several years to learn more about the rods, flies and techniques used by early sportsmen. I do this partly out of curiosity, but I also want to add....

”New Line” Ferrules

My name is Bo Hermansen and I was born and raised in Denmark, where I am still living. I am 44 years old and happily married to Vivi and together we have a daughter by the name of Rikke.

Through a period of twenty years, I have been making cane rods. Like everyone else, I tried in the beginning to build all types of rods. I am a very dedicated fly fisherman, and trout and grayling are my favorite fish....

Restoration Ethics

"Restoration Ethics" - two simple words with far reaching consequences. Until now, the ethics involved in restoration of classic bamboo rods has been a sort of a gentleman's agreement; the rules have never been set down in print for reference. In this essay, I will attempt to do so.

Let's discuss "restoration" versus "refinishing". Many years ago when I wrote The Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook, I made what I considered to be an all-inclusive statement...


Stanley 9 1/2 Scraper

My wife asked if I would like to go to a flea market with some friends last spring. I hesitated for a second but remembered the last time I went to one I found a brand new Cortland 444 fly line for five dollars and 20 sheets of 3M 320 to 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper for three. Although some days and deals are better than others, there is never a lack of interesting things to see. This trip proved no different, as I was able to pick up two Stanley 9 1/2 planes...


Making Rough Taper Pattern Boards on the MHM

Since my second rod I have been using a rough beveller (Whitehead Style) to do the rough work and reduce the initial size of my strips. This has saved time and effort. Recently I have upgraded my rough beveller..


Joe’s Rod Shop Tutorials - Black Pipe Tutorial

Well, I said I would do a tutorial on heat treating in a black pipe so here it is. First off I have to apologize for the poor photography but it was real hard to get good light, handle the torch and camera all at once. And I didn't want to ruin the cane, as this is a rod I am working...

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