Cloth Bound Special Edition
One Man One Rod
The Art of Classic Split Cane
A Collection by David Petty
SPECIAL EDITION PRESTIGE CLOTH BOUND
Cloth Bound Special Edition
Special edition limited to 50 copies, prestige cloth bound with
ribbon marker, gilded edges and slip case, with book plate, individually numbered and signed by the author.
‘One Man One Rod’ is a reference guide to the 175 coarse fishing
cane rod collection David Petty has put together over fifty years.
Collectors will see probably the finest range of split-cane coarse
fishing rods ever assembled.
David Petty, one of the world's leading angling collectors, has had
his stunning hoard of bamboo photographed by David Watson,
who has compiled the book entitled: ‘One Man One Rod - The Art
of Classic Split Cane’.
Rods include examples by Allcocks, Hardy, Ogden Smith, Oliver’s,
B. James, Chapman, Milward, Creeke, Gold, Sowerbutts, Antis,
Barder and Sealey.
David Petty has an Avocet by Sowerbutts - “I’ve only ever seen
one other” - and three cane rods by Rodrill, better known for their
glass-fibre and carbon. “Not a lot of people know that Rodrill made
cane rods, but they turned out a few based on Bob Southwell’s
cane”, Petty says. These rods - the Mallard, the Avon and The
Dipper - are at least as good as James Avocets”.
David says: “When people look at the book and see these rods
they will start to appreciate what jewels they really are”.
The photographs for ‘One Man One Rod’ are by David Watson,
best known for the pictures in John Drewett's Hardy Brothers, the
Masters, the Men, and their Reels. Dave Watson comments: "I
have photographed and portrayed the rods to show a full view of
the maker’s logos, name and address panels, as well as the
individual sections and features of interest”.
Rods are arranged by type of fishing and the index details rod
names under Makers, enabling collectors to quickly find rods they
seek or already own.
Foreword by master rod maker Edward Barder, All-purpose rods, Avon rods, Baitcasting and Spinning rods, Carp rods, Float rods, Float rods - Heavier tackle, Float rods - Roach, Fly rods, Match rods, Roach Poles, Specialist rods-Barbel, Ledger, Pike and Tench
Appendix i A Guide to cane buying - Edward Barder
Appendix ii B. James leaflet - ‘bird-name’ rods
‘In my view a book such as this has been a long time coming, though I can think of other far less exhaustive written works concerning cane rods published here in the UK: indeed I have written various pieces myself over the years. For years I have collected split cane carp and Avon rods, some having famous previous owners. These were acquired long before the huge upsurge in the interest of collecting and using split cane came about, brought on in part by Chris Yates and the exclusive use of cane for his fishing.When the carp bug really hit me as a teenager at the start of the 1960s I upgraded to a ‘proper’ carp rod, a 10ft Modern Arms Rod Company Elasticane Standard Carp model. Some 35-years after that I was delighted to help design, in conjunction with Sharpes’ ‘Scottie’ rods, the Chris Ball ‘Allrounder’ 11ft split cane carp rod. I still use this rod today.
So cane is in my blood. The look, feel, workmanship and sheer beauty of some cane rods is part of their appeal and these days there is a growing army of cane disciples both in collecting terms, and usage.In terms of top-notch production and superb photography this unique book easily sets it apart from all others, and I’m sure the likes of Jim Bruce, Bob Southwell, Ted Oliver and a host of other famous makers would wholeheartedly approve of this outstanding book.’ Chris Ball.