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Sierra Nets @ the Pleasantan Fly Fishing Show 2012

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Blog entry by Greg posted 923 days ago 4227 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided I need to plug my business with a recent article in Western outdoor News (WON). But I wanted it to look nice, so I made a mahogany frame with lap jointed corners and wenge plugs. I used dye and coated with lacquer. My artist buddy Jeff Sprecher happened to have a mat cutter and cut the mat that went into the frame. I had a custom piece of glass cut for it at the local glass shop. I love how it came out.

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I created the booth in CAD to begin designing something (I had no idea what at the time.) I enlisted an artist friend to help with any ideas. His initial idea led to what you will see later in the blog.
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Here, on the right, was the easel I had for it, but I didn’t think it reflected the craftsmanship that I want to show, so I made my own. I consulted the search engine at LJ and Google Images and came up with a concept. Then, I used some teak I had lying around and mocked one up. Turns out the teak was perfect so I used it.
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You can see the mortise and tenon I used to create the front “T.” The front-to-back piece is connected by a tusk & tenon for quick assembly at the show.
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Here, you can see where I trimmed the front cross-piece. Funny thing is I ended up needing wedges to “clamp” the frame into the easel, and these pieces were fetched from the trash, and sanded a bit and worked PERFECTLY! I have pics of these below.
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The wedges “locking in” the frame to the easel.
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This is a time lapse (I use that term loosely) of the breakdown process. Here, I first remove the Wenge tusk (wedge) that allows me to then pull the bottom backwards and away from the front piece. All of the major pieces are connected by hinges so they just collapse together.
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This is the fully collapsed unit.
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Here is the finished product, though I might treat with Teak oil before the show. Any toughts on this?
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Now begins the process of building the display. I used foam to mock up the ends of the pergola.
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These are the plain steel nut, bolts, and malleable washers I chose to give it a timberframe feel. I used R/S cedar.
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First time fully assembled minus the lights for the front sign (I ran outta room vertically.) The 12volt track lights were purchased for 50 cents each at Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore. Those are usually 20.00 each. I did have to paint one black. I bought the track, cord and bulbs at the big box. I also bought the sign light (you’ll see in the backyard pics below) at ReStore as well. They are normally 180.00/pair. I bought for 9 dollars! I did have to do some work to allow them to be plugged into the track lighting. In the end, one cord/switch powers everything.
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My buddy Jeff, once again, lent me his artistic hand and we painted our own font design onto the front. It was kind of tough on the rough-sawn cedar. Then my wife comes out after HOURS of painting the green and say non-chalantly, “oh yeah, you need a shadow.” DOH! 2 hours later, I was happy for the suggestion.
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This pic shows how I connected the track lighting to the back side of the pergola. I can assemble the whole thing in 15-20 minutes by mmyself. The hitchhing post you see will accommodate 5 nets using as-of-yet-to-be-created cradles that allow them to be mounted at an angle. I want the halogen lights to show off teh nice grain I use.

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The finished product.

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For more info, please visit my website….http://www.sierra-nets.com/CMS-Sierra/

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net? http://www.Sierra-Nets.com



7 comments so far

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 922 days ago

Both pieces are very eye catching (pun unintended!). I’ll bet that it caused a lot of interest at the show. It would be good to see a picture with some of your nets on the stand. Well done!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Luke

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#2 posted 922 days ago

Greg I saw your article in WON, my brother in-law was like, “you should see this guys nets!” I showed him lumberjocks and all the other nets you had made. Great stuff, as one fly fisher to another (in the same area as well) keep up the amazing work man.

Its cool to see your nets in places like Bob Marriot’s, it takes something that is utilitarian like a landing net and makes it art (I believe your article even said that)

If I hadn’t already made my own net, I’d for sure get one of yours! Each one you push the limits man, great job, I hope your business takes off, and you make more than $10/hr after all said and done!

Luke

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 922 days ago

awesome posting.
Good to hear about things as you plan for the big Show.

You know, that easel is the type of thing you could market through the web, just like you nets. Beautiful design, lots of folks need something to hold up a painting, or in a gallery, or placards for the entryway at restaurants. If you get to where you want to do something other than nets, I think that Easel could be a good project for you also..

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 922 days ago

Oh, and if you get tired of woodworking, you could paint signs, a real lost art. That letter painting you did is just super cool looking. There is a growing trend for small business that want “old fashioned” wooden signs, the type of little places that attract tourists, and quaint old looking wooden signs would be a good niche to be in, supplying those little shops with signs.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 922 days ago

Greg, Wonderful work on both pieces here. Your attention to detail in everything you do is once again, on display here. Not surprising though, as you take pride in each and every little detail, and it shows. I especially like the easel, both the design and functionality of the piece.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Greg

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#6 posted 921 days ago

Thanks all! I appreciate teh feedback and comments. I just put a coat of tung oil on the easel today, and it looks great. I also fashioned the wrought iron hangers that will hold 5 nets at a 45 degree angle to the lights and the public. Pretty exciting now that I am almost past that hurdle. I should be completely finished with the display by tomorrow.

Mark, painting that sign was tedious, but the look is so worth the effort.

The easel is pretty dang neat. Each time, I marvel at how simple it is to break down. You simply remove one wedge. I think I could sell them! (Just maybe not out of teak!)

I will ppost more pics when I get the nets up! Hopefully, tomorrow~!

Greg

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net? http://www.Sierra-Nets.com

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 920 days ago

Great display for those beauties!

Wait till they get a look at those nets.

I agree about that paint job. A touch of class…....................

Those lights are cool too….................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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