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Project by Greg posted 07-31-2011 10:06 AM 4544 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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





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JohnGreco

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 02:51 PM

Outstanding work. Do you bend the wenge as a single piece or is it bent lamination?

-- John

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 03:16 PM

Spectacular! I can see why you hated to part with it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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JoeyG

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 03:32 PM

These are incredible. I do have a question for you. How do you do the copper inlay? I have been playing with inlay a little bit and would love to be able to incorporate metal into it. My brain is a buzz with possibilities. Any information you would be will to share or direct me to will be greatly valued by myself and probably others on LJ’s

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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jumbojack

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 03:56 PM

Very nice work. The inlay is superb! Did you make the copper fly as well?

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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therookie

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 04:10 PM

I really like this net its amazing.

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 07-31-2011 06:05 PM

Another master piece wowza!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 07-31-2011 09:34 PM

Wow, again and again!

You da boss…...............

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

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Jonathan

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#8 posted 08-01-2011 12:24 AM

Greg,

Your nets are always beautiful works, and this is certainly no exception! That burl is just fantastic… it reminds me of looking down at the water, with the current shimmering and the rocks below. And I’ve always liked your magnetic catches too.

-- 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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lightweightladylefty

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#9 posted 08-01-2011 05:56 AM

Greg,

Your nets are such works of art! Far too spectacular for landing the carp I catch!!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Knothead62

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#10 posted 08-01-2011 04:13 PM

Beautiful wood and craftsmanship! However, they are too small for the fish that I catch. :D

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