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About Gundalba

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  1. Hi All, There has been couple of wood species that I've played with in the past to make a sinking needle. Ipe being one but quickly learned that Ipe is one of the worse wood to work with as they dulls the edge quickly and hard to make a good finish due to chips and splits. Another with very similar characteristics (esp. density, hardness) is called as "bullet wood (Massaranduba)" and much nicer to work with (tools well) and easy to have a reasonably nice finish. It is almost impervious to water damage, generally stronger (modulus strength) than Ipe. One major issue is the oil content in the wood which makes it a great marin bearing material in ship building but also make it hard to glue, including epoxy. They have special epoxy for it but not sure about paint. It can be fished without any surface treatment and will last very long but I am still wanting to put some different colors as well. "I am hoping maybe someone with more knowledge on paints can chip in on this." Below is a chart of characteristics found from wood database site, including Hard Maple for comparison if you are interested... They are not common but can be found as higher end decking, ship building and heavy construction area. Common Name(s) Ipe, Brazilian Walnut, Lapacho Bulletwood, Massaranduba Hard Maple, Sugar Maple, Rock Maple Scientific Name Handroanthus spp. (formerly placed in the Tabebuia genus) Manilkara bidentata Acer saccharum Distribution Tropical Americas (Central and South America); also farmed commercially Caribbean, Central and South America Northeastern North America Tree Size 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter 100-150 ft (30-46 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter 80-115 ft (25-35 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter Average Dried Weight 69 lbs/ft3 (1,100 kg/m3) 67 lbs/ft3 (1,080 kg/m3) 44 lbs/ft3 (705 kg/m3) Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC) .91, 1.10 .85, 1.08 .56, .71 Janka Hardness 3,510 lbf (15,620 N) 3,130 lbf (13,920 N) 1,450 lbf (6,450 N) Modulus of Rupture 25,660 lbf/in2 (177.0 MPa) 27,870 lbf/in2 (192.2 MPa) 15,800 lbf/in2 (109.0 MPa) Elastic Modulus 3,200,000 lbf/in2 (22.07 GPa) 3,344,000 lbf/in2 (23.06 GPa) 1,830,000 lbf/in2 (12.62 GPa) Crushing Strength 13,600 lbf/in2 (93.8 MPa) 12,930 lbf/in2 (89.2 MPa) 7,830 lbf/in2 (54.0 MPa) Shrinkage Radial 5.9% Tangential 7.2% Volumetic 12.4% T/R Ratio 1.2 Radial 6.7%, Tangential 9.4% Volumetric 16.8% T/R Ratio 1.4 Radial: 4.8% Tangential: 9.9% Volumetric: 14.7% T/R Ratio: 2.1
  2. Being on a look out for a reel part or two that was discontinued few decades ago?
  3. It does resemble the spalted maple... Though lacking signature black border lines. May be an early stage of it. You may want to seal it first, using oven and epoxy, if that's the case. Affected area tends to become like dry spongy and weaker than unaffected area.
  4. Hey~ Put_em_back! Still around, eh? How you been doing? Really good to see you too. Hope to see you again sometime soon. Hopefully on a nice surf.
  5. Thank you for sharing this. They look great and would love to try it one day. They almost reminds me of those telescoping rods often used in Japan/Korea with sliding egg floats. I also been doing some reading of my own, trying to fill up my gaping void over past 10+ years on rod building and I found some interesting articles from Fuji on Distance/Tornay rod building. I think I referenced similar article(s) on my previous builds as well. Anyhow, I did a rough translation using google and tried to smooth out some really rough ones. They seem to recommend to set the handle and reel to first collection guide to individual preference but using a simple ratio formula for the guid positions. They are using 4m rod as example but the distance they used between reel to first collection guide is 1.1m. Hope you can enjoy this as well. Cheers. Anyhow hope
  6. Roger! Waiting on the guides to be delivered...
  7. Tail hooked on sub from China, spying on West cost high-tech surf fishing technology.
  8. Abu Mag Elite!!!
  9. I use paint pen as well but also interested in waterslide paper printing method. Anyone tried it yet? Yeah, my hand writing sucks...
  10. Thanks. How would you describe the characteristics on this blank and what would be the street price on those including shipping to SF, CA area? P.S> Please PM me as I rather not hijack this thread any further...
  11. Thank you both ZAfisher and SurfsterMike. I think I understand both of your pointers. Past couple of rods I've built and am very happy with are Conoflex Nevada 13 and AFAW Estuary, both with titanium guides (conventional) as I was bit more focused in gaining casting distance than the action. At this point, I am weighing a bit more in action as for pencil popping rod. SU1266 has good backbone and casts very well but a bit more noodly compare to two previously mentioned rods. Thus I thought it will be a better pencil popping rod and wanted to give it a try with a bit heavier braided line like 50#. I think Penn 6500 I am trying to pair it with will hold plenty of those lines. Another reason I asked on using higher number of guides was, even though I am more focused on action, it is still for the surf casting at Northern California where high surf condition tends to be frequent. For that reason, distance loss is still a concern as well as may be unfounded but still a nagging concern that it may introduce more chance of line tangle around the guides during the cast. I think I will try KW for 3-4 collection guides and either recycle MN's for rest or possibly introduce some LKW guides for the rest. I definitely am wanting to try out the smaller KT+(L)KW guides combination but may be in a close future, with a different setup, like with 10-11', 1/2-2 Oz. conventional setup. I would gladly take in blank recommendations on those too. Cheers!
  12. My apologies as I do not mean to hijack the tread but I am wondering, if blank can be purchased. If not any blank(s) recommendation for 1/2-2oz at 10-11'?
  13. Usually couple of reasons to my knowledge. Most often, to improve the taste but it also make it easier/better to remove the slime or small scale. i.e. eels.
  14. That's good for food court fish work but here is a better one. My favorite chef with proper knife skill and most of the time (on Youtv) he uses his Mrs. 50 yrs old regular kitchen knife to show how you can do the same at home. One of the masters, I would say.
  15. Good point. Free first but defrost carefully. Better safe than sorry.