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    I have a Czech engineer friend who is coming to the UK in May and fancies building himself a cane rod from scratch this summer - he figures starting with a blank is too easy.

    I'm no rod builder but searching this part of the forum leads me to believe tonkin is what you need. It seems that other than planting some Tea Stick Bamboo in a warm sheltered spot and sitting back for a year or two, Golden Witch in the US or The Centre Cane Co in Ongar are the best places to start.

    Can anyone offer any other suggestions, as some good Czech Grayling spots might be my prize if I succeed.

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    zhu rods in china, you will be surprised at who else shops there . jim

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    I get mine from Centre Cane. Minimum order is ten poles. 115(ish) delivered.
    The quality is OK, The guy's not a rodmaker so you have to sort through a bit for the really good stuff, but none of mine is totally unusable.

    From what I hear the GW stuff is very good, but pricey to start with and by the time it has been shiped over here, you'll be looking at serious money.

    Or, if you find yourself in Yorkshire, I might be able to dig something out for you.

    Cheers,

    Tim.

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    Edward Barder gets his from "Jacobs, Young and Westbury, who are in or near Haywards Heath, Sussex". Again, I believe you have to buy a complete bundle. I have been toying with the idea of buying one and selling on individual poles. Is anybody interested?

    Rod

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    have tou tried lidl

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    Thanks for all the tips and ideas. It looks like 10 poles or a trip to Yorkshire (thanks Tim, you never know). I guess I'd better get on the phone and see what JYW can offer too.

    Just got back from Lidl where I found sagerod employed filling these...

    ...gas cartridges.

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    Try these people

    http://www.chapmanblanks.co.uk/index.htm

    They will sell you what you want, and probably tell you what you want to do with it

    I have just got a blank from them and i am highly delighted with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangler
    Edward Barder gets his from "Jacobs, Young and Westbury, who are in or near Haywards Heath, Sussex". Again, I believe you have to buy a complete bundle. I have been toying with the idea of buying one and selling on individual poles. Is anybody interested?

    Rod
    Hi
    Just joined the forum - thanks for the info phoned YEW and they will supply in bundles of 5 at 9 per 12 foot length. At the present I am practicing with Callcutta Cane. Are you into making cane rods or do you know anyone who is ? as a hobbyist.

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    There are a few of us dotted around the UK,and you trip over us on the Rodmakers listserve from time to time.
    Centrecane look like the cheapest still,if they have stock.
    I think our Czech engineer may be being a little optimistic.
    For a start he needs a workshop,and secondly some specialised items that he will need to buy or laboriously construct.Better if he were a cabinetmaker,as he would then be used to the rools and techniques.He will also need not to be working,or time will run out!If he is working then buying a blank from Chapmans and finishing it properly is going to take him all summer.
    Robin

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    A rod building friend of mine gets his poles from: www.norman-agutters.com
    He makes some lovely rods so I guess it's good material.

    Jon

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