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Splitting Cane: Conversations with Bamboo Rodmakers Hardcover – August 10, 2002
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"Reading each chapter of Splitting Cane is much like opening a rod tube containing a fine bamboo rod. The rod and its maker come to life with the removal of the cap and the turn of each page. This book and the rod have been holding their breath, just waiting to be opened." (A.K.. Best 2002-07-01)
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Ed Engle, a Colorado fly fishing guide for more than 30 years, has collected his conversations with these craftsmen. Then he includes a description of a trip to China to the only source of the "Tonkin" Bamboo. This is a book that can, largely, be told by its cover. . . and it reveals a few truths about an esoteric art as practiced by a few of the current craftsmen. It is not intended to be the definitive survey nor is it an unbiased critical review - it is what it says it is - a record of conversations between the author and some rodmakers he knows and a discussion of some of the rods, including the practice and the art of casting them.
This book has been criticized as just another publication by the John Gierach gang. It is true that the book covers rodmaker Mike Clark and his "John Gierach- A.K. Best" taper rod and Gierach wrote the introduction, but that's hardly a negative; I'd assume that the critic would have said the same of members of The Algonquin Roundtable . . . That said, Engle's writing style is his own and he derives nothing from Gierach's prose style.
Another critic remarks that there has been prior publication of some of these interviews. For this reviewer, it matters not one whit that some of the chapters are collected from other publications. The prior publications are obscure and it is unlikely that many of the readers will have had access to them.
This is a delightful insight into the worlds of a few people who make hand-made fly rods that sell for $900.00 and up (way, way up in some cases).Read more ›
You can't pick up books like this and never read anything else like it. After you buy this book you better think about a new bookcase for all your other "new" bamboo rod books.
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Can't beat Ed Engle on Cane rods and their makers. A must read for all cane rod builders and want to be'sPublished 8 months ago by George LeBeau
Very informative as I have a number of bamboo rods by contemporary makers.Published 16 months ago by James Bryan
Very informative. If one is interested in custom bamboo fly rods it's a must read.Published 17 months ago by Carole, Dayton, OH
Ed knows what he's talking about: the rod features, insight into the builder's experience and how the rods cast. There is some care of rod info too.Published on June 27, 2013 by Eric English
Great book if you are at all interested in bamboo fly rods and the craftsmen who create them, highly recommended.Published on June 1, 2013 by James D. Burkhart