Join Date: May 2016
Location: Sedro Woolley, WA
I believe the handle is shaped prior to mounting on the rod blank. He is using a removable mandrel to glue up the individual cork rings than mounting the mandrel in a jacobs chuck or dowel chuck on the lathe. Once shaped and sanded the mandrel is removed and the cork handle is then installed on the rod blank.
You might want to contact a couple of rod makers and ask their procedure. I’m sure some would be willing to share.
Last edited by Kerrys; 07-24-2019 at 12:10 PM.