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Re: Birch Bark Handles
Posted by: Mark Blabaum (104.193.28.---)
Date: January 09, 2019 03:06PM

Mark, one thing I would add; you should terminate or trim the ends of your grip with something that is a little more solid than the birch bark (as in wood, acrylic or cork). It seems that the bark is a little spongy and I'm afraid that it may have a tendency to chip, separate or de-laminate on an exposed end.

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Re: Birch Bark Handles
Posted by: Mark Talmo (71.147.59.---)
Date: January 09, 2019 09:11PM

Mark B.,
Thanks for the advice. I have learned the same thing from a number of other sources including the article in RM so it must be true and I will certainly address the issue while fabricating. Being a composite guy, I am considering laminating two plies of 8oz FG cloth, which will not be seen once saturated with epoxy, on the end pieces to counter the tendency of the rings delaminating. But then, I may decide to employ contrasting, more solid end pieces as most do. I am uncertain at this point.
If anyone is still following this topic, do you have a phone number for Custom Fly Grips? Their website does not include a phone number and I am having difficulty emailing them due to the need to update my browser.
Also, having no experience with birch bark, what percentage of rings can I expect to have to reject due to cosmetic or structural issues and imperfections? This includes having to avoid bad areas in the sheet as well. If, in a perfect world, I can get 64 rings per square foot, how many can I expect to get in the real world you and I live in; 60, 50, 40, 30? I would prefer avoiding the need to place a second order but at the same time do not want to end up knee-deep in excess birch bark rings either.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: Birch Bark Handles
Posted by: Billy Vivona (---.nycmny.fios.verizon.net)
Date: January 09, 2019 10:15PM

An extra sheet of bark is $10. Buy 2 extra sheets just because it's only $10.

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Re: Birch Bark Handles
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 10, 2019 12:40PM

In my experience, you will get somewhere slightly over 50% of very good rings from a sheet, This is of course my experience with my supplier which you know, other suppliers may be give you more or less. The sheets of bark often have areas that are too rough or pocked to use.

If you have the opportunity to talk with your supplier, advise them of you application and preferences. I have found John at Bark Canoe helpful.



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Re: Birch Bark Handles
Posted by: Mark Talmo (71.147.59.---)
Date: January 10, 2019 07:11PM

Phil,
I am having difficulty sending you something to your posted email address.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: Birch Bark Handles
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 10, 2019 10:08PM

Mark, my listed address is correct. If you are typing it, some often forget the k. Here is a link philerick@sbcglobal.net

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