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Blonde Flamed Cane

By Darryl Hayashida

Split a culm in half lengthwise

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Break out the internal dams. A chisel can be used to remove the dams entirely.

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Torch the inside of the culm. Start in the middle and work out towards the ends.

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If you see a lot of flame the section isn't done yet.

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Continue to heat a section (keep the flame moving) until all you have is a glowing red spot and no flame.

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When you get close to an end you will see the moisture and sap bubbling out of the end grain

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As you can see the outside of the culm remains unchanged, even after all that heat applied to the other side.

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Wire brush off all the burned pith

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Culm is ready to split. No further heat treating is needed, no oven required. I have been flaming this way for many years, and none of my rods have any sets in them, none have broken that I know of. The bamboo is as stiff and snappy as any other rod I have cast, in fact it is even more  so than some rods I have seen.

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