Early in my design cycle and in my previous posts, I was deliberating between a few diverse project concepts. After incorporating feedback and further research I have decided to pursue making a bamboo fly fishing rod. The bamboo rods I came across, in my online research and in person, are exceptional examples of art and supreme craftsmanship. A couple examples of Winston Rods bamboo fly rods are shown below.
Image source: http://www.winstonrods.com/category/rods/bamboo.php
My vision for this project is to promote a natural aesthetic with functional requirements in a rod I can actually go use on the water. My other goals as of now are:
- Naturalist aesthetic
- Functionally Sound
- Design is Ambitious and Challenging but Feasible
- Budget of about $100-$200
The “Works-Like” Prototype:
For this project, the function is fairly straightforward and accomplishing the desired aesthetic is what will take iteration and exploration. My current prototype is very much an example of the “works like” prototype. My intent was to quickly create a inexpensive version of the intended design to test the functional and aesthetic elements prior to merging in the “looks like: features and materials. A trip to McGuckin’s Hardware and little imagination allowed me to create the functional elements for less than $5. By fleshing out the basic functional elements, I can now focus on the aesthetics, which is the prime focus of this project.
This prototype consists of: 2 bamboo gardening stakes, a reel borrowed from an old rod, brown wire eyelets (upcycled from my Upcycle project) and black athletic tape.
Next Steps and Design Challenges: looking forward my next steps in the design process will primarily be focused around developing the aesthetic with the appropriate materials.
- Next Steps:
- Define the functional goals
- Develop the “looks like” prototype
- Design Challenges
- Sourcing the correct materials
- Promote the natural aesthetic in the synthetic components
- Balancing design quality and cost