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A place to discuss tenkara nets. Techniques for making it, woods used, designs, etc.


Postby Justabob » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:33 pm

I've a nice stand of bamboo out back and have been experimenting (unsuccessfully) withs way of shaping. I've soaked some and tried heat as well. I've taken out the hard membrane in the knuckles again without success. Anyone tried bamboo? Seems the esoterically perfect substance. I can see it finished but can't figure out a way to get there.
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Re: bamboo

Postby jd_smith » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:51 pm

I've never tried bamboo, but I would assume that if it were suitable net frame material, the Japanese would have been doing it for a couple of centuries by now. FFT

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Re: bamboo

Postby steve_boulder » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:59 am

As it grows, isn't it quite pliable? Could you shape it then, holding it in a circular pattern exactly the size of the desired net? (Like the braided lucky bamboo...)
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Re: bamboo

Postby tsegelke » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:32 pm

You may need to steam it, then form it.
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Re: bamboo

Postby rsetina » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:02 pm

If you want to try steaming the bamboo, Rockler.com has a steamer that works well if you build a good steam box. On sale right now, $15 off.

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Re: bamboo

Postby adventureR » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:18 pm

I've heard a PVC sized however you need w/ the tube capped off on one side and steam delivered through a fitting on the other side makes a great steam box (tube). Bamboo should make a lightweight loop. There's some Chinese nets out there made with Bamboo you can find with a search. The root end of the Bamboo makes a cool looking functional handle. Can't wait to see what you come up with justaBob. Welcome to the forum.
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Re: bamboo

Postby FishinJosh » Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:00 pm

If you are going to steam your branch make sure you get the wood hot enough. "The general rule is one hour per inch of thickness (regardless of width)"
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