Paradigm Custom Rod Design

Benchcrafted Fly & Freshwater Split Bamboo Fishing Rods for the Contemporary Angler
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Orders are currently being taken in 2018 for Split bamboo rod customization.
Accepted forms of payment:
US Postal money orders, Bank issued certified drafts and personal checks.
Customers choosing to pay with a personal check should note that U.S. banks
impose a hold on funds period of  7 to 10  business days or until the item 
is verified having cleared / paid via the issuing financial institution.
PayPal  now accepted with a 3% surcharge per transaction.
Non-refundable deposit is required to initiate Split-Bamboo rod customization.
Balance is due upon completion to include shipping and required shipping insurance fees. 
For your convenience, a five (5) day inspection period
is provided on - New - custom fishing rod orders.
Payment in full is required in advance for used/vintage tackle purchases.
A "Hold" period on personal checks applies (7-10 days as above) upon deposit.
Please note :
Listed used/vintage pricing  - does not -  include variable shipping/insurance fees.
Five (5) day inspection period provided on all used tackle items.
The time required to construct a custom Split-Bamboo fly rod will often exceed 80 hours to completion,
depending upon the rod model/type etc, being made. This typically equates to an average of 4 to 6 weeks of work
done at a reasonable pace, on a several-hours-per-day basis. We strive to deliver every new custom fishing rod
within eight to ten (8-10) weeks, respectively. In some instances, it may take less time to meet this window,
or potentially a bit longer in others based upon existing workload, impending orders or other related factors.
Each custom rod is bench made one-by-one to completion with meticulous care and individual attention to detail
thru the utilization of hand tools only - thereby adding a "personalized touch" to old style fabrication.
Bevel-er mills and power assisted tools are never used when rough and final planing bamboo strips.
Hand-splitting, roughing and planing is indeed time-consuming and labor intensive, but vital to the preliminary stages
of blank making - a process that will easily consume the better part of a full week's work or longer to complete.
I have nothing against others who use machinery to expedite the manufacture of a Split-Bamboo fishing rod.
Patience is essential when handcrafting a custom Split-bamboo rod blank. There is simply no benefit
in the undertaking of shortcuts during any aspect of the process. One shortcut in particular is that of immersing
fully seasoned, tempered bamboo strips in water as a vehicle to minimize/ease the overall span of time hand planing.
Soaking bamboo offers no significant upside as doing so will cause the bamboo to swell, altering measurements thereby
negating the critical final planing process and importance of moisture removal. Fully aged Tonkin bamboo maintains a relative, but meager amount of natural moisture content at all time. It is tantamount to eradicate as much of this moisture
  via heat treatment to strengthen the power fibers and create cellular elasticity within, or a flimsy fishing rod will result.
Emphatically stated... these "accustomed" handmade fabrication methods enable
a level of familiarity and self-satisfaction with every custom Split-bamboo rod produced.
Each is 100% hand-planed to finite dimensions and precise specifications.
Tonkin bamboo, Arundinaria amabilis is an organic material and at times mother nature will work its course leaving traces of deep, hidden blemishes
that may not always be visible on a raw bamboo culm's surface exterior - until - the outer enamel layer has been sanded away and removed from the rod blank.
This especially holds true for lighter straw/blonde rods, as illustrated by watermarks in the picture below. Yet, it makes no sense to discard a perfectly sound,
  functional and usable blank, as these natural blemishes lend a certain uniqueness and aesthetic character to the rod, much in the way beautiful woods do.
Natural markings such as these aren't always entirely avoidable, however, be assured they will not compromise the rod integrity or its performance. 
  Our very best is done always to select the highest density power fiber bamboo free of leaf nodes and by keeping grower and watermarks to a minimum.

Constructing a Split-Bamboo Rod - Elapsed Time Overview
 Rough Canework                                             
1.  Bamboo culm preparation.
   a) measure and cut culm to required length for each rod section
    b) file by hand to remove exterior nodes                                                     Time required:   3 hrs.
2.  Tempering.
    a) apply flame to internal/external culm sections for initial heat-treating/moisture removal 
     b) follow with a second application to achieve desired tone                     Time:   3 - 4 hrs.
3.  Hand split sectioned culm into 18 to 24 strips.
   a) separate strips by individual rod section
    b) remove the internal nodal dam and square the strips
     c) mark and bundle by respective section                                                  Time:  3 - 4 hrs.                                 
4.  Select strips by individual section for rod type being made. 
   a) layout for node spacing
    b) cut to desired length for roughing form                                                   Time:   1 hr.
5.  Heat and compress nodes.  
  a) straighten and square strips
    b) sand exterior nodes again
      c) re-bundle                                                                                                  Time:   3 - 4 hrs.
6.  Hand rough the strips per individual rod section in roughing form.
    a) sharpen plane blade(s)
     b) create 60 degree equilateral triangle                                                      Time:   6 - 8 hrs.
7.  Eradicate moisture content (oven heat-treatment)
    a) Place bundled strips in oven @ 350 degrees for 16 mins./section       Time:   2 hrs.
Final Hand Planing - Blanks
8.  Dial-in/set individual taper dimensions for respective rod section on adjustable steel planing form.
  a) re-sharpen plane blade(s)
   b) final hand planing per each section. Re-set dimensions, final planing - (repeat for 3 piece rod)
    c) scrape and sand all strips to prepare for laminating                               Time:   8 - 10 hrs.                             
9.  HollowBuild at this juncture - if specified.                                                  Time:   4 - 6 hrs.   
10.  Rod blank fabrication.
  a) apply adhesive to laminate strips
   b) send glued strips through binder
    c) roll and straighten bound strips (blanks) to prevent sweeps/bends  
     d) hang laminated blanks to dry     allow 24 - 48 hr. cure time               Time:    3 hrs.
11.  Scrape and sand rod blank surfaces to remove binder and adhesive material. Sand outer enamel.
   a) measure and cut blanks to required length
    b) straighten rod sections with heat  (if necessary)                                   Time:   2 - 4 hrs.

12.  Install nickel silver ferrules.
   a) measure and mark ferrule stations on rod sections.
    b) turn respective ferrule stations to fit (by hand)
     c) clean all internal ferrule parts thoroughly 
      d) crown and feather ferrule tab serrations, clean again 
       e) glue and install ferrules       allow 24 - 48 hour adhesion time           Time:   3 - 5 hrs.
13.  Lap & fit ferrules.  (female to male slide)                                                  Time:   1 hr.                                  
Rod Finishing Steps
14.  Varnish and finish preparation.
   a) sand and prep blanks, clean dust free
    b) initial hand-rubbed varnish base coat   (allow 1-2 days drying time)
     c) light sanding, clean dust free
      d) repeat                                                                                                         Time:   2 - 3 hrs.
15.  Install hardware ie; reel seat, cork grip, winding check, etc.
   a) synch and "spine" the rod.
    b) affix tip-top guide to tip section(s)                                                            Time:   1 hr.                                      
16.  Determine guide spacing - prep guide feet.                                               Time:   2 hrs.
17.  Attach line guides and hand-wrap all thread windings.                            Time:   8 - 10 hrs.
18.  Coat/seal all thread winding's.
     a) "Opaque" wraps;  apply 2-3 coats of CP to thread winding's.
         - apply 4-6 coats of spar polyurethane 
      b) "Translucent" wraps;   6-8 applications of spar poly.
          -  allow 12-24 hours between each two-coat application.
        c) Ink the rod -  (personalized inscription)     allow 24 hrs.                    Time:   8 - 10 total hrs.
19.  Final outer (dip or hand rubbed) coats of marine spar urethane. Allow 5-7 days for finish to set.
         (full cure time for most varnish products is typically 2-3 months)                             Time:  3 - 4 hrs.

Other considerations
20.  Custom rattan grip work                                                                              Time:   5 - 7 hrs.
21.  Bluing/oxidizing NS parts                                                                             Time:   3 - 5 hrs.
22.  Final rod inspection.
23.  Package and ship to customer.                                                                    Total time:   75 - 90 hours+ (variable)
 * This  overview outlines the basic primary steps and not all the "intricate" details and processes within Split-Bamboo rod fabrication.
tel.  (303) 946.3451
Latest update: April 7, 2018