Node preparation makes for a stronger, more durable rod. You can tell if the nodes have just been cut off as powerfibers are cut off and are visible att the node on the finished rod.
Heat is applied the node area with a heat gun to soften the cane. After it is sufficiently heated the strip is firmly clamped in a vise with a v at the node ridge to flatten the node area.
2 Straighten with heat and pressure - Heat the curved areas with a heat gun to soften the cane. After it is sufficiently heated the strip is firmly clamped in a flat vise without teeth . This is slow steady work . You are trying to heat all the cane at an area not burn it.
3 File off node rise- removing only the lip so as not to damage any power fibers
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