Is it March?!?! Really!?!? (insert snarky teenager inflection here) Really!?!? The older we get, the more applicable “time flies” is to our lives. We started the year strong…personally and professionally. Well, when you make bamboo fly rods for a living the lines are divinely blurred between all of your “selves” especially professional and personal. Wait! […]Read More Clichés, Relativity and Bamboo Fly Rods
As 2010 slipped away, the Oyster Bamboo family has the desire to reminisce (at least I do). We are grateful for all of the palpable events that life beautifully produces…family, friends, fish (the norm). However, because we are bamboo rod makers (or married to one), our life is completely swallowed by the craft. So, my […]Read More 2010 Lists from the perspective of a Bamboo Fly Rod Maker’s Widow
Wow! Where to begin…the last 2 months have been eventful to say the least. We kicked of the fall by spending a few days in a Yurt in Western North Carolina. It’s the closest Bill will get me to camping these days. It’s so rare that we get away without work in tow so it […]Read More Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods, Halloween and just about everything else you can imagine!
So, we had a bamboo fly rod making class end Sunday night and one start this past Sunday morning. As usual, we have students in from all over the country and it’s a diverse group wading through their first bamboo rod making experience. Life has been hectic, as usual since Bill returned from Colorado. At […]Read More Colorado, co-dependents and classes
19 July, 2010 Today I am 40-years-old. I have heard of people turning 40, but now it’s my turn. I suppose it should feel like “something” but it feels like any other birthday. Each year, I come to the beach and demand a chocolate filled donut in the AM and plan my day from there. […]Read More Be present
knox and his brown Besides raising babies, I work full-time for our bamboo fly rod making business (with the babies on my hip…literally). My goal is to eliminate all possible distractions from Bill’s life that comes with owning your own business. I want Bill to wake up and make bamboo fly rods. So, this means […]Read More Babies, Big Browns, Bamboo Fly Rods and Independence!
So, Bill won a Winston Boron rod this weekend. Yes, I know that we make bamboo fly rods and yes, I know that a bamboo fly rod maker should not be seen with a boron rod but the story is funny. While presenting at the SE FFF show, Bill decides last minute to enter his […]Read More Bill wins a Winston!?!?!?
We are in the heart of bamboo fly rod making class season. And, while our days are long during the classes, we always find time at the end of each day to gather with our family and the students to talk about…well, a little bit of everything. The conversation usually starts with more bamboo talk […]Read More Bamboo Fly Rods and Meatballs!
A moment with the maker and Veronica in the workshop. 1. He grew a beard because it looks “more professional”. 2. Your coat closet is a varnishing room. 3. Bamboo shavings are are regular accessory. 4. When you fill out any type of general questionnaire, there’s never a “bamboo fly rod maker” box to check […]Read More Top 10 Ways You Know You’re Married to a Bamboo Fly Rod Maker
Do we call this a workshop or studio? Cutter always tells people he wants to make bamboo fly rods when he grows up (and be an “army man”, fireman and hero). Yesterday, a woman was in the shop and she asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Cutter quickly replied, “an […]Read More Bamboo Fly Rod Making…is it Art?