1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

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1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Fredline » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:54 pm

When it comes to traditional angling then nothing comes simpler than a length of bamboo and a bent pin fished Huckleberry Finn style. In this case it is 14 pieces. I bought this last week and picked it up at Romsey, it is new in the 15" x 4" box and comes with all the relevant paperwork, amazing for 60 years old. The style of pole is called Edo Wazao and is a traditional Japanese art form. The Edo comes from Tokyo where the craft originated as Tokyo was known as Edo at that time. It is 13' 3" when put together and is very light and straight. The lacquered finish is to die for. The bottom handle section is crafted from a tapered type of bamboo that is no longer exists in Japan.The extra fine dyed whalebone tip, picture 4, is a piece of artwork in its own right, it is so fine and yet very flexible. The style of fishing used with these poles is to catch the "smallest" fish. The winner over on these shores would be the loser. I find that format wonderfully refreshing when you consider this modern obsession with personal bests and the biggest. Can the smallest be a "personal best?" Or is it a "personal worst?" Overall a superbly tactile object that can be a little tricky to put back as 3 pieces.
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Re: 1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Olly » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:14 pm

I have long admired the Japanese poles and the care taken to produce one.

See below:-
https://craftsmanship.net/bamboo-take-t ... ing-poles/

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Re: 1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Gudgeon Basher » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:53 pm

Absolutely stunning! But I think watching me trying to pack it back up would be almost as entertaining as watching me trying to fold up an O/S map

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Re: 1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Wallys-Cast » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:26 pm

Wonderful craftsmanship and artistry.

Wal.

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Re: 1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Muscavado » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:58 pm

Wallys-Cast wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:26 pm
Wonderful craftsmanship and artistry.

Wal.
Let me know when you go into production Master Wal, so I can place my order

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Re: 1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Duckett » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:08 pm

Fredline wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:54 pm
When it comes to traditional angling then nothing comes simpler than a length of bamboo and a bent pin fished Huckleberry Finn style. In this case it is 14 pieces. I bought this last week and picked it up at Romsey, it is new in the 15" x 4" box and comes with all the relevant paperwork, amazing for 60 years old. The style of pole is called Edo Wazao and is a traditional Japanese art form. The Edo comes from Tokyo where the craft originated as Tokyo was known as Edo at that time. It is 13' 3" when put together and is very light and straight. The lacquered finish is to die for. The bottom handle section is crafted from a tapered type of bamboo that is no longer exists in Japan.The extra fine dyed whalebone tip, picture 4, is a piece of artwork in its own right, it is so fine and yet very flexible. The style of fishing used with these poles is to catch the "smallest" fish. The winner over on these shores would be the loser. I find that format wonderfully refreshing when you consider this modern obsession with personal bests and the biggest. Can the smallest be a "personal best?" Or is it a "personal worst?" Overall a superbly tactile object that can be a little tricky to put back as 3 pieces.
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That is a thing of beauty and wonderful Japanese craftsmanship Fredline.

A few years ago, inspired by articles I had read about Japanese Tanago fishing (where the winner does indeed catch the smallest), I got hold of a Tenkara pole of the ultra-light variety used to fish headwaters and some Tanago hooks. True Tanago poles seemed to me too short, at up to 5 feet, for the sort of rivers I was able to try it out on. Combined with tiny floats and minimal shot, I had some wonderful sessions catching minnows, Gudgeon, the odd stickleback and various baby fish. Even a Gudgeon can put a hell of a bend in one of those poles. However, the most fun I had was in checking fish stocks in a small, shallow pond that had suffered 2 lack of oxygen fish kills in 3 years. It turned out to have a substantial population of carp of between 1 and 3 inches and I had a wail of a time catching them. Japanese angling is very different but it has techniques which we can learn from and adapt.
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Re: 1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Lea Dweller » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:08 pm

That is a lovely piece of kit John, in superb condition too! I look forward to seeing it when I visit you next!
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Re: 1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Wallys-Cast » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:13 pm

Muscavado wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:58 pm
Wallys-Cast wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:26 pm
Wonderful craftsmanship and artistry.

Wal.
Let me know when you go into production Master Wal, so I can place my order

Grasshopper :dancing:
Velly good Glasshopper. :Chuckle:

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Re: 1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Jeremy Croxall » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:20 pm

Wallys-Cast wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:13 pm
Muscavado wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:58 pm
Wallys-Cast wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:26 pm
Wonderful craftsmanship and artistry.

Wal.
Let me know when you go into production Master Wal, so I can place my order

Grasshopper :dancing:
Velly good Glasshopper. :Chuckle:
bruddy sirry trit :Happy:

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Re: 1950 Edo Wazao Pole Unfished.

Post by Fredline » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:21 pm

I found a method for putting the pole together in the right order. Lay the pieces out from the handle descending to the smallest and them take the handle and every 3rd piece placing them inside one and other. Then every 2nd piece and finally what is left. The tip goes into one of these finished sections. Quite simple really.
If you have no grease with you, and your rings are full of ice, do not cut out the ice with a pen-knife but get your man to put the rings one by one in his mouth, and so to thaw the ice.
John Bickerdyke.

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