|Project by Greg||posted 02-14-2011 06:41 AM||7091 views||16 times favorited||12 comments|
Sierra Nets was recently blessed to receive a commission for a trio of custom fly fishing nets for a fellow avid flyguy named, of all things, Noel Trout! Seriously, that’s his real name! He wanted an heirloom quality custom fly fishing net for himself and his two teenage sons.
He also wanted a very specific set of criteria to be met:
a.) He wanted a bloodwood stripe in the handle of the custom fly fishing nets to signify the blood of Christ.
b.) He wanted a cotton net indicative of a timeless piece of fly fishing memorabilia (as opposed to the rubber fly fishing nets that I offer)
c.) He wanted their monograms on the custom fly fishing nets
He wanted on the custom fly fishing net, the scripture name and chapter with verses, “Matthew 4:18-20.” (It reads: And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.)
d.) He wanted specific woods on the handles
e.) He wanted Sierra Nets’ integrated magnetic catch system on all of them. (see the video of how it works here.)
This has been a great commission to work on, and Noel is a great client. Not to mention that I’m sure I’ve made a fishing buddy as well.
All pictures were shot on a Nikon D40-A GREAT CAMERA THAT DOES WOODWORKING JUSTICE. I am currently borrowing my Bro’s camera and am looking at a Nikon D3100. If anyone has any comments on this, I would like to hear them.
All inscriptions were written in enamel using a crow quill pen. As usual, all lanyards are hand tied to best match the woods used.
On the Birds Eye net, you may be able to notice the checkered pattern formed by the curly maple I used in the hoop.-Pretty cool effect.
Here are some pics of them along the way…
Setting the inlay of Bloodwood
The handles ready for a hoop
Removing excess glue & wood
Pre shaping the handle
Final handle shaping
Marking the holes
Drilling the net holes
My favorite part- Bringing out the grain
Tying up the lanyards
Tying on the bag
The magnetic catch
Each net was meticulously hand rubbed then buffed to a furniture like finish that invites the touch yet resists water. This is one of the things I am most proud of with my nets.
Thanks for looking. If you are interested in a net, please contact me through my website. I have some nets in stock and a commissioned net will be taken on a FCFS basis with about a month lead time.
-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net? http://www.Sierra-Nets.com