Upcoming Shop Closures & Order Notes

Head’s Up…Golden Witch and Peak Bamboo have one final shop closure coming up in 2018.  Our last closure for the year will be December 20th – January 2nd, 2019. If you’re ordering Christmas items, please plan ahead and order EARLY this year because the shop will only be open for about three weeks between our Thanksgiving and Christmas break periods.  Our first closure after the new year has begun will be February 22nd, 2019 – March 4th, 2019.  Following this, the next closure will be April 19th, 2019 – April 29th, 2019.  Please order custom products – agate guides, anything that must be blued, that sort of thing – at least three weeks prior to the start of a shop closure if you want it shipped before the closure; orders with shorter lead times may be completed, but no promises.  Orders with only non-custom items usually ship the business day after you place the order, even in the run-up towards a shop closure; we hustle to get your orders out the door and in your hands.  I tend to work non-stop when the shop is open, so I sincerely appreciate your understanding during those times when I shut down to spend time with family, especially now that the boys are out of the house and, frequently, far from home.  You may notice a trend here, a new work rhythm that I’m experimenting with so I don’t burn out.  Rather than pretending to take weekends off, which rarely happens, I bundle my down time and skip town so I can’t work.  Despite appearances, this means the shop is only sealed up about 85 days per year vs. 124+ days per year if I actually didn’t work on weekends and took four weeks of vacation, plus Federal holidays, to match my wife’s vacation time.  I offer the math because a few folks have noted that “it seems like GW is always on vacation.”  Generally speaking, the shop will be open for 5-7 weeks, then closed for a week with a ramp-down Friday and ramp-up Monday on both ends of the closed week although that sort of neatly planned closure doesn’t always pan out.  We’re closed on most major U.S. holidays: New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, & Christmas.  Everyone involved here – Matt, Nikki, Drake, & I - appreciates your business and your patience with custom orders.  Golden Witch & Peak Bamboo couldn’t do what we do without you.  Thanks! –Russ

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Bamboo Bicycle Frame!

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Bamboo Bike Frame

Karl Nielsen (@woodbikenielsen and @kidcalifornia on Instagram) got with us on the construction of his custom bamboo bike frame. Using Peak Bamboo, carbon, various woods and a lot of patience and elbow grease, he put together a real beauty.  We think you’ll agree; check out the specifications and pictures in the PDF to get your juices flowing.  Let us know how we can assist you with materials and know-how for your next bamboo project!

Read the PDF here.

Ferrule Advice

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If you have the least question about ferrules – if you’re new to ferrules or only moderately experienced – please, please read this information at least once. I promise, it will help to prevent mistakes and misunderstandings. Thanks!

Welcome to the Golden Witch Ferrule Advice Ramble! I need to let you, the rodmaker or restorationist reading this page, know that I have lost clients because of ferrules. Ferrules are finicky, challenging, yet almost invariably necessary and worthwhile little beasts.

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The GW Bamboo Torch, Reviewed by The Planing Form

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The Planing Form


Product Review:  Golden Witch Bamboo Torch

Kirk Brumels reviews the GW Bamboo Torch.

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GW Ain’t Just for Bamboo

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The Fiberglass Manifesto

Cameron Mortenson, over at The Fiberglass Manifesto, has featured GW in a blog post.  Killer.  Thanks, Cameron!

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Take a Peak at The Planing Form to Read About Bamboo

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The Planing Form

Peak Bamboo is in The Planing Form, Issue #161 October/September 2016.

Read the article in PDF format here.

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Peak Bamboo is in Angling International

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Peak Bamboo is in Angling International

Peak Bamboo is in the October 2016 Angling International magazine.  Read about us on page 26 of the online issue!