Split-Cane Rods: BambooTreasures
Hardcover: 300 pages 2007
Very detailed account of all aspects of split-cane rod-building with many excellent pictures of the materials, tools and the process itself.
Lists of tapers of many of the best rods ever built.
Includes a detailed account of the history of the bamboo rod and its makers.
The author is a well-travelled enthusiast who has picked the brains of many emminent rod-builders and anglers, as well as having built up an excellent record of his own as a split-cane rod builder.
Even though the author is German, he works in feet and inches and all dimensions are so given in this book. In the course of his researches, the author interviewed any and every rod-builder he could find.
A CD is included at the back of the book, containing interviews with Leen Huisman, Udo Hildebrand, Guenter Henseler, Heinz Weiland, Roman Moser, Christoph Teichman, Paul Schmookler, Nelson Ishiyama, Thomas Dorsey, Ed Engle and A.K. Best.
Originally published by the author, in German, as Edle Ruten aus Bambus "Game (lit. 'noble') Rods from Bamboo Canes.
This English language edition, competently translated, is destined to quickly become a classic in its field.
"My goodness, what a book! I have read much, looked at all the photos - which are truly wonderful - and studied your design ideas. Very well done, is about all I can say. Your book is a great addition to the literature, and the craft, and I suspect that many people will begin to incorporate your ideas into their rods. Nice going! Hoagy B. Carmichael".