nontraditional rod building materials
Posted 13 February 2016 - 10:03 PM
Posted 21 February 2016 - 06:49 PM
I've turned some grips out of cottonwood bark. First by cutting rings and gluing up like cork. It looks fantastic, but the bark I have tends to break at one of the laminations when it's just dropped, so I've never felt it would be safe to put on a rod to be flexed. Second trial was by turning a length as if it was a piece of wood. Didn't like the look nearly as well and haven't considered making any more. I've also turned grips out of yoga cork blocks. It's pretty easy to work, but the grip is heavier than regular cork rings, doesn't have the sensuous surface or the firm compressibily, and looked like a manufactured product. It might be good for accents or trim rings, but as a whole grip, didn't work out for me.
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