“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.” – Robert Fritz Late night in the shop…my class! Over three years ago, we had outgrown our “cottage” inspired home workshop after a decade plus and needed more […]Read More Bamboo Fly Rods, Change and the Accidental Retailers
After my first day in class making my first bamboo fly rod, I have discovered the following: Bill’s job is so much better than mine. Of course, we started with a raw stalk of Tonkin bamboo and 9 hours later ended up with something that kind of resembles some (12) strips of Tonkin bamboo. Surprisingly, […]Read More Bamboo Fly Rod Class Day One…
You’ve heard the proverbs… “You are what you eat” … well then I am a stick of pepperoni. “Necessity is the mother of invention” … our favorite around the shop. “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” … no comment. “Behind every great man is a great woman” … (inset smirk on my behalf here). […]Read More Proverbs, Flocks and Bamboo Fly Rods
“How did you become a bamboo fly rod maker?” That is the most common question asked at our shop. Our answer is a bit convoluted but basically it’s a hobby gone wild. So, I started to think about our Oyster clients and their stories…here are a few of my favorites… How did you become… …a […]Read More How did you become a bamboo fly rod maker?
Tick, tick, tick…time. …vintage Bill…circa 1993 …vintage Shannen…circa 1993 Time is a gift and a bully…a constant “in your face” reminder of your inner most weaknesses but when confronted head on, the time bully can also be a reminder of your greatest strengths. Oyster headquarters from our basement to our cottage to Main Street […]Read More American Dreams and Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods
What? Summer is over?!?! Fall is near. Our nights are cooler and the crisp air teases us until noon each day when we inevitably end up in the high 80s. I am okay with the heat (if it’s below 70 , I swear I can see my breathe), but most people are not as tolerant. […]Read More Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods says goodbye to summer
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, […]Read More 2010 Lists from the perspective of a Bamboo Fly Rod Maker’s Widow