Before I started making a lot of pens, I used to make fishing rods - specifically those used for fly fishing. One of the skills that I learned in rod building was that of 'thread-wrapping'. This is a technique used to reinforce the ends of the parts of the rod, as well as to secure the line guides onto the rod. Occasionally, I would go all-out traditional, and build fly fishing rods out of bamboo (either hexagonal split cane, or two-strip rods with a square cross-section. Here are a few examples of this (sorry for bad pics. As you can see, I love using green with lighter coloured bamboo):
So ever since I started making custom 'kitless' pens, I have had a few ideas floating around in my head about how to use bamboo and some of this thread-wrapping in making a fountain pen. Ideally, I would want my pen to be hexagonal, like the split-cane rods, but I'm still working out how best to to do that. In the meantime, I decided to jump in and make one out of bamboo, rounded to a straight rod, and thread-wrapped at the joint, as one would do for a fly fishing rod. When using light coloured ('blonde') bamboo, I tend to use this green thread as a good match. Here I have added a black thread trim.
I decided to go with inset ends again on this pen, as I have with my 'Bamboo' style pens, just to add a bit of visual interest.
The pen is stabilized and sealed inside and out with low viscosity cyanoacrylate, and final finished with 'Tru-Oil', taken down to a matte finish. It is fitted with an 18K fine nib.
I must have bamboo in my head. I am currently working on a pen made out of a small bamboo stalk. Will post this shortly.
Thanks for looking - comments welcome!