Afterthought Mast Hoops
- Bamboo of about needed diameter
- Soldering iron
- Nail clippers
- Medium CA
When you forget to put mast hoops on when it would have been easy…..
I got bamboo placemat from a Chinese restaurant. Take a piece of bamboo about the diameter you need, and scrape any decoration off with a single edge razor blade. Soak it in water, with maybe a drop of soap to help wet it out. When flexible…a minute or two, wrap it around a hot soldering iron (carefully, it is hot). Slide the coil off the iron and you have 5-8 hoops in a spiral. Simply cut off what you need with nail clippers on a 45 degree angle. Slip around the mast and use a drop of medium CA. I used shellac as a finish as the color looks just right. A 15” length of bamboo yielded about 8 hoops, even on the first try.
Joe Jordan 3/4/2017