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Spline - where'd this term come from
Posted by: Billy 40 (---.dialup.mindspring.com)
Date: September 23, 2001 08:02PM

There seems to be a difference of opinion on an other board as to which term is correct: Spine or Spline. From what I have heard, the term spline was a misprint in a catalouge or journal that caught on. Can someone clarify for me. Thanks.

Billy

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Re: Spline - where'd this term come from
Posted by: Pete (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: September 23, 2001 08:15PM

I think the term spline refers to a segment of a whole as in one segment of a bamboo rod. The term used for the preferred bend of a rod is called spine.

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Re: spine
Posted by: Pete (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: September 23, 2001 08:19PM

Also, my grandfather was a fireman in Florida way back during the 1940's. He and some of his buddies used to build rods out of calcutta cane and always referred to a 'backbone' and later they called it 'spine'. I guess they got the term spine from backbone. I can remember hearing them talk about how important it was as far back as 1944 or 1945. I do know that they considered the backbone or spine the axis where any natural bend was located and that's not quite the same thing that most rod builders use today.

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Re: spine
Posted by: Mark Crouse (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: September 24, 2001 12:17AM

Hi Billy
tried several times to reach you after the attack, because I seen your company was very close to the towers.
Glad to see you are o.k.
Mark

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Re: spine
Posted by: Jim (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: September 24, 2001 09:17PM

I began building rods in 1972 after reading a magazine article on how to do so. It mentioned the term spine. I have always thought that was the correct term. I have heard bamboo guys talk about spline in terms relating to any of the individual strips of bamboo that make up the rod.

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Re: spine
Posted by: shaun (---.pngts.com)
Date: September 27, 2001 02:16PM

Spline is also a geometric term describing any curved shape.

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