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First ever net project in the works!

Postby Brandtwilliams » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:02 pm

Today I harvested 4 good Y examples from our ornamental cherry tree. The branches are pliable enough that I could tie them into some reasonable shape knowing that there will need to be further refinement as the the project progresses.

Any tips or suggestions are welcome and encouraged.
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Re: First ever net project in the works!

Postby adventureR » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:04 am

Welcome to the forum Brandtwilliams, I'm a big fan of the Japanese Tamo.

If i were at the point your at now (wish I did this on my Tamos) I'd attach the loops to a small round trash can, grill grate, or something in the way of a form. And now keep the wood out of the heat/A/C. This air is to dry and might cause cracking where the cuts were made to remove from the tree. So a garage or shed for drying. You can also apply some glue to the cut ends. I looked up cherry, it should make a fine Tamo. Can't wait to see how it goes for you.
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Re: First ever net project in the works!

Postby Brandtwilliams » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:03 pm

Great suggestions - thanks

How long should it take for these to dry enough to go to the next step?
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Re: First ever net project in the works!

Postby adventureR » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:32 pm

I've read as much as a year per inch of width. The Hackberry I've worked with I waited about a month. I don't know about Cherry. Could be big differences in different varieties of Cherry. Also the region you live in effects drying times. Harvesting the wood in Winter should help with more stability and quicker drying time. Many variables, they sell moisture gauges. I've counted on rather lengthy drying times or wood that is very stable in service. Maybe some with more experience w/ Cherry will chime in.
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Re: First ever net project in the works!

Postby Eddie » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:37 pm

I visited a Japanese professional tamo builder with Daniel two years ago. The builder gave us some ropes to build a good frame.

Boil the branch for hours in boiling water to make it very flexible;
Tie the open ends of the branch to make a circle that is smaller than its targeted size; and
Wait one year for the branch to get dried.

I do not think the recipe above is a must. The tree and the weather are different from those in Japan.

Just for your information.
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Re: First ever net project in the works!

Postby Brandtwilliams » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:42 pm

Yikes - a year! I don't have that kind of patience... ;)

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Re: First ever net project in the works!

Postby Brandtwilliams » Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:15 pm

I took your advice and found an empty 5 gallon plant container, punched some holes in the top and zip tied the branches to the container. The diameter is nearly 10.5 inches so the dimensions should be near perfect. Now comes the patient part - wait for a few weeks for the wood to dry out.
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Re: First ever net project in the works!

Postby Brandtwilliams » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:47 pm

update: see photo above - here are the same sticks in the progression - 1 still has its bark, 1 bark stripped, 2 near completion -- stained, jute wrapped arches, spar var applied.
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Re: First ever net project in the works!

Postby adventureR » Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:42 am

Brandtwilliams, looking good. Can't wait to see the net bags installed. There's something beyond words netting a fish in your handmade Tamo!
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Re: First ever net project in the works!

Postby Brandtwilliams » Sat May 25, 2013 8:10 pm

Well - here's my first Tamo complete - the others should be finished in the next couple of days.
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