The Skinny – Spring 2014

Howdy all.

I am back from China and ready to start getting orders set up for folks.  For the time being, we still only have the 6′ bundles in the Seattle and New Jersey warehouses.  I found a lot of great cane in China and the new shipment is due into Seattle by late May.  That means that we’ll have plenty of the regular 12′ poles in stock after that time.  We’ll have the Standard size, XL and, for as long as they last a bunch of blondies (cleaner than average cane, best for blond rods).

At this time I do not know if we will re-stock the New Jersey warehouse with 12′ poles.  I would like to do so but because of the odd nature of this year’s order, we may only be able to fill one warehouse.  If so, we’ll only have the 6’ers available from the Jersey warehouse until the next go-around in the spring of 2015.  I will post an update regarding this matter as soon as possible.  But for now, let me know if you want any of the 6′ poles or get in touch anytime to make an order for the 12’ers.  We’ll have plenty of those on hand soon so there is no need for an actual “wait list”.  Just let me know now or after we get the stuff in and we’ll be able to start making shipments by the end of May.

More information to be posted in a couple of weeks.  Thank you!

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Well now you went and did it…..

Folks,

As I thought may be the case, it all went away quickly.  I guess that is to say, cancer is good for business!  [That’s a joke people, lighten up.]

In any event, we’re out of cane.  That was quite a buying spree people went on in January.  As of Feb 4, we have exactly ZERO Standard bundles in either warehouse.  There are 5 bundles of XL at the NJ warehouse and 10 XL’s in Seattle.  Those will undoubtedly be gone within a week.  Thus, for now, all we will have to offer will be the 6′ bundles.

The docs have cleared me to go spend ten days or so abroad so I will be in China in March selecting more poles.  Those will land in Seattle sometime in May.  At this time I don’t know if we will be re-socking the NJ warehouse; I just don’t think that there will be enough poles in China for me to select from given the late date of my order. 

I want to emphasis that this is a relatively short-term issue.  There are no reasons why we shouldn’t have enough cane by May to supply everyone through 2014 and by 2015 we should be back to full strength.

Until this next ship comes in, I will simply create a “wait list” and we’ll ship everyone’s orders out as soon as we get our hands on the shipment in the spring.  But please note that the 6′ poles we have are perfectly good poles.  They are “A-grade” poles that I selected, they are Standard size diameter (2-2.5″) and hey, if we can win a Super Bowl with a 5′ 10″ quarterback, then you can build a rod out of 6′ poles, eh? 

The poles in these bundles started as Standard 12′ and have been cut in half; they are marked so that you can match up the tip and butt as you please.  They come 4 poles (that equals 8 pieces) to a bundle for $110.  These bundles can ship UPS to your doorstep and we can ship from either warehouse so the average shipping around the country is about $40/bundle.  We’ve got plenty of these bundles, enough to weather the storm.

As always, let me know if you have questions.  And … a big THANK YOU! to all of those who have called/written to lend support during my health issues detailed below.  I appreciate any and all forms of support.  Everything helps!!

 

Best,                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -Andy

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Winter – 2014. The Cancer report.

Gentlemen,

Not much new news in the world of bamboo.  We’ve still got plenty of great material in both the Seattle and New Jersey warehouses as well as with John Chapman in the UK (http://www.chapmanblanks.co.uk/).  For more information on our current stock in the US, see http://www.bamboobroker.com/products.html.

The bigger news of the day is that I have been diagnosed with cancer.  After a few weeks of feeling ill last November, we finally ran some blood tests which lead to a colonoscopy which revealed a tumor at the top of my large intestine.  Officially, I have stage IV colon cancer.  [The “staging” which ranges from 0-4 is a measure of whether or not the cancer has metastasised (spread).  A rating of zero means the cancer has stayed put as is generally easier to eliminate from the body.  Never wanting to go the easy route, my disease decided to “go big or go home” and went straight for a stage of 4.  For me this means that the cancer has spread via my lymph nodes and blood throughout my torso and has sprouted up in my abdomen, sternum, lungs and liver.]

I was diagnosed the day before Thanksgiving. I have deliberated long and hard whether or not to share this information with the rod-making community.  As many of you know, I started this company as a spry young man in my mid-twenties.  I’d been working in the world of bamboo flooring and when I was made aware of this interesting market; it seemed like a grand opportunity for adventure (and maybe an okay business opportunity… I hit on one of two).  In any event, that was 1996 and since then, through countless meetings at gatherings and in your shops, homes, pubs and even on a few rivers, I’ve made a lot of great friends and realized that most every single one of my business transactions is, in part, a personal endeavor.  Thus, it made all the sense in the world to share such important information about my health.

However, there has been one concern that has kept me from sharing this information with the community at large.  Now that news of my disease has spread, it is time to address this concern head on.

Our business was slow in the summer and fall of 2013.  It was as slow as it’s ever been in my 18 years of business.  A result of this is that by November, I decided to not order a new batch of cane for 2014.  Based on my calculations, I believe that we are currently sitting on enough stock to last us until the spring of 2015.  For the first time in all our years, I told my supplier in China that I would not be coming to select poles this year.

Now, my concern is that, out of fear that their source of their bamboo may in danger of drying up due to sickness or death, some rod-makers may decide that they need to buy more than their usual supply of poles.  If enough people did this, then I fear that we would run out of bamboo.  To reiterate, we don’t have plans to restock our cane supply until the spring of 2015 so running out of bamboo before the end of 2014 would make things difficult on many of us.

But news is news and it isn’t going to stay contained forever. I have cancer.  My version of cancer is a very serious and potentially deadly issue (though please know that I am staying positive).  I’ve finished my second round of chemotherapy and I’m feeling good but no one in the world can say what will happen with me over the next year. Among my “contingency” plans I have thought a lot about the company and one way or another, we will keep the supply of first-rate bamboo flowing to rod-makers.  This business has been a very big part of my life for almost 20 years and I’m not about to let it slip away even if I am to slip from this earthly realm.  I’ve worked long and hard to create a secure source of consistently high quality material and regardless of what happens with me, the supply will remain in place.  I have good people that work with me on both sides of the water and those people can continue to do what they do.  The main piece of the puzzle is working with someone who can do what I do during my selection process every year in China. Please know that I am focused on ensuring that this continues.

What I ask is the folks please trust in the process of both my health as well as your continued access to top quality bamboo.  The game is really in your hands; if people jump in and start buying more than their normal quantities of cane, we very well could run out of bamboo.  Because harvest season dictates when these poles are available for me to select/import, there is simply no way for me to procure more bamboo between May and November of any given year (the normal course is that my suppliers buy the poles in December, I wait until Feb/Mar to go and select the poles, we import them in May-ish).  If we run out of bamboo in May of 2014… that means that I would not be able to get more bamboo into the country for an entire year.

So I ask that everyone please stick to your normal orders.  That will ensure that we have plenty of cane for everyone for all of 2014.  If we run out a year from now it won’t be too long a wait to get the new supply in but if people start stocking up now, it would put a damper on others ability to access new cane. [… through the Bamboo Broker.  I well understand that this is a free market and if I can’t sell you bamboo then someone else can/will step in and make it happen.  C’est la vie.]

Thank you all for your continued support of my business and for your thoughts, prayers and considerations regarding my health.  Please know that I am surrounded by many wonderful and supportive family members and friends and that I’m receiving some of the best cancer care in the world.  I am being very well cared for.

Best regards to all and have a Happy New Year!!

-Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here we go!

All,

Our ship has come in!

We have received this year’s shipment and are ready to start taking and shipping orders!  We are ready to send orders from Seattle this week and from New Jersey next week.  Please see our Product Info page to see details on the available cane and to make orders.  I do have a list of folks who have been waiting for bamboo and Mary or myself will be getting in touch with these people via email and phone starting today.

There is plenty of cane to go around so there’s no need to rush.  Remember that we do have loads of the 6′ poles packaged in 8-pc bundles (that’s a total of four 12′ poles cut in half and marked to match butt and tip) and that our XL’s are really XL’s this year!

Call or write with inquiries.
Thank you again everyone for your patience and I look forward to speaking with many of you soon.  I will be at the Catskills gathering in September so perhaps we’ll get together there.

-Andy

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European Bamboo Rod-makers!

Great news for all bamboo rod-makers in the UK and Europe!  We now have a distributor in the UK who has 183cm poles that can ship anywhere in Europe at reduced shipping rates!

The distributor is Chapman Bamboo Blanks (http://chapmanblanks.co.uk/ ).  You can contact John Chapman directly (rchapmanandco@btconnect.com) to discuss an order or to inquire about your local shipping cost.  This bamboo is the same quality as our Standard “A” grade cane.  I selected these poles myself in China last March and they are the best poles for rod-makers around the world.

These 183cm poles come in a bundle with four 366cm poles cut in half (so there are 8 pieces total per bundle).  Each 183cm piece is marked 1A-1B, 2A-2B, etc so that you can match the butt and tip of each 366cm pole.

The price for these bundles is: £75.25 (add for shipping/taxes).

Please contact John Chapman or myself if you have any questions.

Thank you!                                                                                                                                            Andy Royer

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Summertime 2013

The heat has us all moving a bit more slowly but looking way out on the horizons I see that our ships are about to finally come in!

We have been out of stock but there are shipments landing at both the Seattle and Rosemont, New Jersey warehouses in the coming weeks.  I will post more here when I know the exact dates of availability from both sites! I think we should be up and rolling by the first or second week of August. I will update information about the bamboo on the web page.  Here I will note that we will have plenty of the Standard and XL bundles available as well as “Half-Bundles” of four 12′ poles cut to 6′.

Great news that we have landed a good number of these 6′ bundles with our distributor in the UK.  Chapman Blanks is continuing to distribute bamboo for rod-makers throughout the UK and Europe.  We hope that these 183cm bundles will prove to be a great deal with regards to shipping throughout Europe.  I will list prices for these as soon as we are notified with this number.

Thank you again one and all and I hope to be in touch soon!

Best,                                                                                                                                                  -Andy

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Limited Supply and Wait List

Gentlemen,

We are now out of both the XL and Standard bundles of cane.  As of May 24, we have:         2 bundles (2 pcs/bundle) of AA poles                                                                                                 5 bundles (10 pcs/bundle) of B poles

The new shipments will be into Seattle and New Jersey by early July.  Until then we are taking names/orders on a Wait List so please drop us a line whenever you’d like!  We’ll be ready to ship those orders out as soon as possible!

As always, contact me directly if you have any questions.

Thank you,                                                                                                                                       -Andy

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About out of the 2012 stock

All,

We are almost done with the bamboo from 2012.  As of May 5, 2013, there are six Standard bundles, two 2-pc AA bundles and five bundles of the “B” poles remaining in the warehouse.  If anyone is in need, now is the time to act!

Otherwise, the new shipment is due to leave China any day.  That means we’ll have a short wait list again but we shouldn’t be “dry” for more than a few weeks.  By July, we should have stock on hand at both the Seattle and New Jersey warehouses.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information!

Thank you and we’ll be in touch soon!

-Andy

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Sale update

Please note that as of April 11, there are a grand total of EIGHT XL bundles left.  If you’d like a bundle of 8 great quality poles for rod-making for only $150, now would be the time to give me a buzz.

We’ve got plenty of the Standard sized poles and we expect new shipments in to Seattle and New Jersey by mid June.

Thanks!

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A Sale!

Gentlemen,

Well, for the first time ever here at The Bamboo Broker, we’re having a SALE. Weird shit happens….

XL poles- 12′ x 2.25″, 8 pcs/bundle, $150/bundle.

Too many of our XL poles are just sitting here, gathering dust. I’d like to see them go away, especially as we are getting to that China-time of year.  I expect to be in China in March and should have a new load of cane in by May.  I’d love to see all these XL poles move along to greener pastures by then.

And so, it’s time for a sale.  These XL poles are…. large.  They average 2.25″ and have thick walls and loads of power fibers.  That means they’re great for big rods.  That means they a pain in the ass for a 2-wt…. But hey, who doesn’t like a little more practice cutting/shaving/planning/milling excess cane??  Okay, silly question.  But still, it’s a bargain.

And though by default, the larger poles usually have a few more cosmetic “beauty” marks on them, these are very nice poles.  One maker who just received a bundle of these poles (cut in half and marked for tip/butt) a week ago wrote:

“My poles arrived today…WOW!!!
There wasn’t a pole I couldn’t use….all were thick walled,heavy and straight.
3A/3B was a monster!!!!
I think most of the imperfections can be worked around.”

“Imperfections” are still only cosmetic marks.  These poles are free of slash marks and have the same “A-pole” standards regarding leaf-nodes, bug bites and the rest.  We have these XL poles to ship from both the Seattle and Rosemont, NJ warehouses.  All these poles are 12′ but can be cut in half to allow for cheaper, UPS shipping.  [There is a $25 cut fee per bundle.]  UPS shipping averages $45 per bundle and can ship to a residence.

For now until the new shipment comes in, all XL bundles (8 pcs) are $150/bundle.

Note that this price is NOT reflected on the web site and won’t be until the web guy gets his ass back from the Bahamas.  So just write/call me and we’ll get it worked out at the right price.

Thanks!                                                                                                                                            -Andy

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