First Published in 1994, The Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook has become the standard reference for rod restorers. It's not just a "how to" book, although it does have extensive procedural instructions for the usual restoration processes.
The book also includes short histories of the major rod manufacturers from the Golden Age of bamboo rods, complete with drawings to help identify rods by each of the makers. This information is helpful to novices and pros alike.
But the feature that really sets this book apart from others is the guide to original specifications for most grades of rods made by all of the most prolific bamboo rod makers. This information has been distilled from hundreds of the original catalogs, some of which are collectors' items themselves and are seldom seen for sale.
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