|Project by Greg||posted 07-31-2011 10:06 AM||5699 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
It has been a while since I posted a net. I have been very busy in the shop making one commission after another. This is the latest net that left me today. LOL! I talk abou it like a child leaving the nest!
I just received another new commission today for a pontoon boat net. I am very blessed to be able to do what I love to do.
Some of you may know Kirk Deeter, a fly fishing blogger for Field & Stream’s, Fly Talk. He was the guest speaker at my FF club a month or so ago. We were talking before the meeting and he asked me what I did for a living. When I said I make custom nets, he immediately replied, “I’ll buy one!” This was sight unseen too. I happened to have a few nets with me, so he looked at them, and placed an order.
I made a longer handled net as he requested. The thing came out so nice, that I wanted one for myself. I don’t normally copy a net exactly, but this one was an exception to the rule. Besides, the burl grain would ensure that they were not EXACTLY alike.
So I almost completed the second net for me when I receive an email asking for a longer handled net. This client somehow got my card at the FF Film Tour in LBC. He bought it.
He wanted me to make a copper inlay of a royal wulff fly on the handle after seeing how I filled some of the open burl eyes with copper. Here is the final result. He was mightily pleased with the result. He’s leaving tomorrow for an open ended tube trip on Panguitch Res. In Utah.
The handle is Cat’s Paw burl Maple, so called for its seemingly randomly placed clusters of burl eyes resembling the paw prints of a cat. The hoop is a very hard wood called Wenge. Both colors are natural.
As always, the net was finished with a very nice hand rubbed oil composition. He also wanted a stretch lanyard and a magnetic catch which I happily provided to him as well.
I was sad to see it go, but business is business, and there can always be another exception to the rule!
Please enjoy the pics
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