Phoenix Classics

Rod Building Courses in Rural France


The courses are tailored to meet the needs of the students. On each you will receive a mixture of personal tuition, practical work and materials.

The one week course is a good starting point for those who have limited time, wish to build up expertise gradually or through their own resources. A further week or tuition days can be added later if desired, The outcome is at minimum one blank for a bamboo trout rod.

The four week course is more intensive, but enables students to build and take home two complete bamboo trout rods.

Course contents

Course content 1 Week 4 Week
Basic workshop safety Yes Yes
Choice of tools Yes Yes
Bamboo selection Yes Yes
Splitting bamboo Yes Yes
Node work (straightening and pressing) Yes Yes
Node spacing Yes Yes
Rough Planing Yes Yes
Heat Treatment Yes Yes
Finish planing Yes Yes
Gluing and Binding Yes Yes
Fitting ferrules Yes Yes
Finishing Blanks No Yes
Handle – Cork selection, fitting and shaping No Yes
Whipping rings No Yes
Finishing No Yes


Students will stay in self-catering accommodation, complete with breakfast and a lunch Monday to Friday, with the opportunity of acquiring new skills and at the same time experiencing the tranquillity of rural France. Accommodation is available for a partner or companion at low cost.

As an added bonus, you will have time at the weekends to explore the Loire Valley, tour the local vineyards and sample the excellent cuisine of the area.

Paris is less than 2 hours by train. Tours airport 45 minutes by car. The ferry ports are a comfortable 3 to 4 hour drive.


Places are limited to 2 people per course.

Contact us to apply for your place or an initial chat.