Final Project Presentation: Bamboo Fly Rod

This was the video of my final presentation for Aesthetics of Design. For the project, I built a bamboo fly rod by hand, in an effort to convey a “naturalist” aesthetic as a tribute to the craftsmen and early pioneers of the sport.

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  • Jack Wheeler
    May 10, 2017 3:40 pm

    This was a great project! I think the final version wound up looking really authentic and it sounds like you were able to meet most of your goals along the way. The fly rod was a great way to match your interests into a dynamic project. Nice job!

  • It looks great! If I saw it in a shop I wouldn’t think it had been hand made which is great. Love the precision that went into the project. The project is very clean and polished looking. The red really pops on the rod.

  • Jake Silverman
    April 26, 2017 12:44 pm

    Great presentation. I like that you used this project as a way to build something you have wanted to do for a while. You made good compromises to achieve the naturalist aesthetic and still have the functionality that you wanted.

  • Avery Anderson
    April 26, 2017 12:42 pm

    First of all, I think you nailed your aesthetic goal. The use bamboo and the overall organic look of the rod looks very naturalistic. There’s a lot more that goes into building a fly rod that I would have initially thought. It’s interesting how simple the process is for finding the spine of the bamboo. I’m very impressed with how robust the rod looks and feels. You’ll have to let us know how it works on the water!

  • Emily Pearson
    April 26, 2017 12:40 pm

    I thought it was interesting that you had to find the natural curve of the wood and how you went about doing that. It seems pretty thin towards the top, how strong is this fishing rod? Overall, very clear presentation and really great job with the project!

  • I like how you took your time to create the bamboo fishing rod which reflected in your work. Everything turned out well such as keeping the naturalist aesfhetic feel to the project. I can’t wait to see if it would catch some nice fish.

  • Scott Lowenstein
    April 26, 2017 12:39 pm

    It was interesting to hear about your project’s transition from your “works-like” prototype to the final version. It was also very informative to hear about the process you took to create the individual elements, and the breakdown of where you spent your money and time. I really enjoyed hearing about the specific processes involved in combining the main pieces together. I like the naturalistic theme a lot! Great design choice! Great job overall!

  • Love the way that the rod turned out. Looks like you spent lots of time on this project.. 40 hours! How long do you think it would take you to do this project again? I thought the process you showed us with finding the spine of the bamboo was interesting how you had to keep turning it and bending it until you found the correct way for it to go. I also love the way the epoxy covers the strings that wrapped around the metal things. The epoxy looks really nice with the clear and shiny, but smooth texture. How does the process work once you’re at the lake? Do you just run the string through? Great job Jeremy!

  • Sam Van Dreser
    April 26, 2017 12:38 pm

    This is such a great looking fly rod! I’m not an avid fisherman but I would definitely buy this rod if I had the chance. I never knew that creating a fly rod would be such an involved process. Its great to see a functional project and would love to see the first fish you catch!

  • So impressed with how the rod turned out! The quality of the rod is really impressive, it looks like a product you could sell in a fishing store. Looks like you did a good amount of research before fabricating the rod as well, I’m super interested as to how well it ends up working once completed. Do you plan on using this as one of your main rods for fishing? Really good job, super impressed with the end product!


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