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. I created the booth in CAD to begin designing something (I ha...
So I finally got my T-shirt design put together and printed. I’m stoked! I worked hard on this for several months. My buddy Jeff is the artist-He drew the hand and the fish seperately. I did the overall design, the fonts, merged the hand and the fish and digitally altered the picture as I saw fit. I also added the fly & tippet. Background story:For those who don’t know, Jeff is a BIG musky fiserman. We are always taking stabs at each other about each one’s ...
Hello fellow wood butchers! I went full-time in the beginning of December 2011 and am very excited to begin the next chapter in my life! For those that don’t know, I build one-of-a-kind commissioned custom fishing nets. My custom fly fishing nets can be used for many types of fishing though they are typically sought by and for fly fishers.Some of my nets can be seen here. and here’s one in action. It’s Figured Walnut & Bird’s Eye Maple with a rubber net. This...
I use my Lie-Nielson Adjustable Mouth Block Plane almost daily in my custom fly fishing net building. I actually have a few pics of my plane on my website (www.sierra-nets.com) It is a beautifully crafted tool and makes minced meat out of wood. A while back, I noticed I was having some difficulty adjusting the blade tightening screw, known as a “spinwheel”. When I last took the plane apart for sharpening, I noticed that the brass screw on the “spinwheel” was b...
I wanted to do a story showcasing how wonderful it is to see fish inside my custom fly fishing nets. Just about 99.5% of my clients are fly fishers. They fish everywhere from Argentina to Alaska, and New York to New Zealand. Sometimes I take the pictures of nets during “field tests”, and other times, clients send me pics from their adventures. I love it when the latter happens! From this: To This: We get em in the salt too! This is a spotted bay bass ...
This is the final blog about my preparations for exhibiting Sierra Nets at my first show-The Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton, Ca. on Feb. 24-26, 2012. I will be leaving this Thursday morning and driving up to the Bay Area with my best friend, and Sierra Net owner, who will be manning the booth with me Friday-Sunday. It’s about a 7 hour drive from the Disneyland area. The building of the display has been quite rewarding. I love the process of figuring things out almost as much as ...
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