The bamboo is waiting for the wind to touch it!


ABOUT REDWING

The mechanized hum of another world.

JOE BALESTRIERI


My fly rod tapers and designs aim to achieve purpose- built results ; evolving and inventing to push the material applications forward. Bamboo is the perfect material to modify and tailor to a particular taste or design. My restorations are given the utmost care and respect as they often are key players in someone's past filled with loving memories.                 


What makes me different?


I have a long, sound reputation as well as a loyal following. I don't build a series of the same rods; rather I build what inspires me and carry that concept on to  specific customer needs. Measuring the love of cane with intensity!
 




Note:    8/15/17----When a machinist builds a cane rod; the seduction of the cutting tools takes over and supports a rather "Static" conception of the piece/rod. The hand planer will work the taper to it's unique ( single) expression. Here the machine is not the determiner; the eye and hand  are. The machinist is always working to beat time ( efficiency over experience). He attacks the material always one step removed from real contact. Like an executioner who serves the sentence with clean hands --- not responsible. Some builders really never master the fly cast; some never fish-- yes it's true! This machinist prays to the hard calculation given by a strict set of often old parameters. Cut, slice, gouge, grind away a section of the interior of the cane; production always being the key. The artisan builder will work the cane by hand and eye; touch being the key! Speed and ease of work is never considered here; precision and the flushing out what the material is telling you is the link to truly special rods. Often this hand building develops into a vision that completes the decisions of style , grip, seat and even silk color. If you pay attention and trust that internal sense ; the "best" rod will out.