Yes, we put a blowtorch in the hands of our 13 year-old son!
And our 15 year-old daughter
Not our 4 year-old- she was content to make up her own games with balls and badmitton birdies!
Here I am with the torch. The pieces of bamboo for the rod are slid into the copper pipe and then the pipe is heated with the torch. This dries the bamboo. You could see the steam being released at the tube ends.
As you can see the garage is highly unkempt. Farmer John is on vacation this week and so one of our projects (practical arts for school) will be cleaning the garage. By mid-October we'll be getting heavy frosts/freezes and the cars will need to be parked inside overnight. (Farmer John does not want to scrape ice at 3:30 in the morning!)
Leave me a comment if you are interested in a Handcrafted Bamboo Fly Rod!
If you are wondering about family economies check out Kevin Swanson's Generations Radio show (search the archived shows for "family economies) and Herrick Kimball over at The Deliberate Agrarian writes frequently on this topic too!