Yearly Archives: 2016

Take a Peak at The Planing Form to Read About Bamboo

Written by : Posted on October 27, 2016 : No Comments

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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Attribution, Thanks, Continuance

Written by : Posted on October 17, 2016 : No Comments

Attribution, Thanks, Continuance – The Ramble

This ramble concerns attribution, as well as certain liberties we take here at Golden Witch.  If you write to us through the contact form on the GW website, or through any of our business emails, you may be quoted – we attribute your name to your words.  If you’re a nice person, this won’t bother you.  If you’re a bad apple, well, so much the worse for you.  There’s also a bit of soapbox grandstanding on the themes of acknowledging debt, saying thanks, and teaching others as the only true path forward.

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Peak Bamboo is in Angling International

Written by : Posted on October 5, 2016 : No Comments

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!

angling-international.com/virtual-magazine/october-2016-issue-105/

Bluing, Bronzing, & Clear Coating

Written by : Posted on September 5, 2016 : No Comments

Bluing, Bronzing, & Clear Coating For Rodmakers

BB & CC, or, Oxide Finishes and Protective Boundaries

 

Scope.

This ramble will be limited to cold bluing suitable for the home shop or low volume custom rodmaker’s shop.  There are several points worth noting.  First,

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The Planing Form Put a Hex on the News

Written by : Posted on August 25, 2016 : No Comments

The Planing Form

Kirk recently did a review of our Hex products in The Planing Form, Issue #160 July/August 2016.

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Just a Few Guide Notes…

Written by : Posted on April 26, 2016 : No Comments

Just a few guide notes for now….

On Sizing Tiptops: Here’s some basic info you need for synthetic and bamboo blanks. Tips are sold in nominal 64ths of an inch, by one-half/64 increments, e.g., 3.5/64, 4/64, 4.5/64…you get the picture. To fetch this nominal size from the blank on your bench, you need to do math.

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Making Silk Fly Lines

Written by : Posted on March 22, 2016 : No Comments

Furled silk fly linesSpecial Thanks to Daniel Klepac for taking the time to put together a tutorial on how to furl silk fly lines!

Before fishing lines were braided, they were furled. Horse hair, some sort of grass and silk were the materials of the day. The difference between the silk line I made and how most furled leaders are made is the number of legs. Most furled leaders have two legs (strands). My silk line has three, this results in a more round shape.

The bits and pieces of “how to” were gathered from the web, nothing copyrighted or proprietary. I think most folks avoid silk lines due to cost of commercial lines, upkeep, and lack of DIY. I’m going to do my best to explain the process, if anything doesn’t make sense or you have any questions…let me know!

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Inking Signatures

Written by : Posted on March 19, 2016 : No Comments

Inking Signatures…On Pre-Varnished Blanks & More

This ramble is going to start off with a simple question and a response by Russ.  We’ll probably add more detailed information over time.  For the moment, this is a good example of why we don’t take tech questions over the phone – because responses evaporate as they’re spoken – and a good example of how we will respond if you email us.  It might take a day or two, but if someone here knows the answer, or can guide you in the right direction, you’ll get a thorough response.   Eventually, it is highly likely that your question will be the stimulus for another ramble, like this one, and that way many makers can benefit from the time it takes us to respond.  Really, it’s good for everyone.

I forgot ask you for some advice earlier, hope you don’t mind – I’m working on a pre-varnished blank, and wondered what the best way to go about signing the rod might be. I’m a bit nervous about trying to scuff the area and sign, would hate to possibly damage the blank. Also not sure if I could just sign directly on the finish as it is. Thanks for any suggestions – very appreciated!

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Transparent & Translucent Wraps

Written by : Posted on March 19, 2016 : No Comments

Finishing For Transparent/Translucent Wraps – Let’s make one thing clear….

 
There is a difference between transparent and translucent. We need to define terms. Yes, I know this is rather elementary, or, worse, pedantic, but considering how often I see folks writing about “transparent red wraps,” the difference between transparent and translucent is worth exploring. In addition to being a Luddite (really, I’m not – it’s just that I appreciate the high art of old fashioned technology as much or more than I appreciate new-fangled things, like websites and my kids’ dueling nano-drones), I’m also, according to my tech-addled children, a word-nerd. The most prominent book in my library is the Oxford English Dictionary…not the eye-numbing “Compact” edition with its micrographically reproduced text and the reading glass in the slip-case, but the twenty volume second edition that takes up two shelves within my largest barrister.

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Bamboo Blank Adhesives

Written by : Posted on March 17, 2016 : No Comments

Bamboo Blank Adhesive Options – A Particularly Brief Ramble

Regarding adhesives: we don’t sell any adhesives for gluing up bamboo blanks.  A long while back we sold blank adhesives, but we learned the hard way that any delamination could wind up costing the company a good client, despite blank adhesives being a product we had no control over after they left the shop, i.e., storage conditions, usage past expiration, application technique, cure temps, etc.  Blank adhesives were a low dollar, low margin product with very expensive ramifications.  Guys can handle cutting off a few wraps that went sour, re-wrapping & re-varnishing; but when a blank delams, sane fellows blow their gourd.  Not being copraphages, we don’t need that sort of mess on our plates.  We offer no usage advice except this: follow the instructions of the adhesive manufacturer because they have a vested interest in your success and their usage advice is tested over both time and a myriad of applications.  This said, we don’t mind sharing current sources.

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