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Bamboo Rod - A Fly Fisherman's Pen


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#1 drgoretex

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:24

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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):

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

Ken



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:31

It's beautiful, Ken!

 

If you did a darker stain, it would be really neat with red and black thread.


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 05:11

Yep, I still like it.  Actually, I like it even more now.  It's just awesome. :puddle:



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 05:27

Holy cow that's gorgeous!

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:49

Great choice on the thread colors. The colors are nice to look at. Nice simple and pleasing to the eye.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:24

That is one fine looking writing instrument/fishing pole....The thread is so bad A$$..Awesome job!!!


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:47

Absolutely magnificent! The thread wrapping is so tight and neat. Just amazing. You continually create beautiful works of art, Ken!


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 14:35

That's really lovely. A very charming idea!


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 14:45

Unique and wonderful!


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 16:38

Thanks very much for the kind comments!

 

This Bamboo thing is becoming an obsession...

 

Ken



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 16:44

Hmm....I am wondering if you could do a longer slimmer one with a clip and wrap the thread around the cap in such a way as to make it look like the thread is holding the clip on.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 18:40

Beautiful

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 18:50

It's beautiful, Ken!

 

If you did a darker stain, it would be really neat with red and black thread.

 

Absolutely, yes.  What I usually did with the fly rods is to use green with blonde (pale) bamboo, and burgundy with the 'flamed' (darker) bamboo.  

 

Hmm....I am wondering if you could do a longer slimmer one with a clip and wrap the thread around the cap in such a way as to make it look like the thread is holding the clip on.

 

Funny you should mention that.  I have been looking around for a clip that I could use for exactly that reason.  Ideally, it would be a wire clip (sort of like Lamy's, only not nearly as wide), reminiscent of the wire line guides on a bamboo rod.

 

May just have to make it myself.

 

Cheers,

 

Ken



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 08:43

Wow... gorgoeous pen

 

If you did a darker stain, it would be really neat with red and black thread.

 

Thinking along similar lines :)








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