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Re: [TowerTalk] Bamboo Quad Spreaders

To: "WA3GIN" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Bamboo Quad Spreaders
From: "Richard HIll" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 16:09:05 -0800
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You may want to check the web for articles on building bamboo fly rods such

Fly rod makers are concerned about strength and flexibility.  Their
techniques may be useful re spreader strength and longevity.


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[]On Behalf Of WA3GIN
Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2007 3:58 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Bamboo Quad Spreaders

Hi Folks,

Santa brought me a dozen 40ft bamboo stalks freshly cut and ready for drying
and UV sealing treatment.

I'm looking for suggestions regarding the sealing paint/varnish material

In the past 920 years ago) I used marine spar varnish which was mixed for
100% outdoors use...much has changed in the paint/varnish industry since
then.  I have no idea what works today.

I tried polyurethane on one element and it flaked away in a few years of
exposure to the sun.

I'm also open to speader color ideas. I know from experience that people who
paint their front doors black experience severe wood spliting, apparently
from the excessive heat build-up when the doors are exposed to sunshine, so
I think black is not a good color but what about silver, white, sky blue?

Thoughts are welcome,

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