Black Oak Burl Custom Fly Fishing Net w/Kingman Turquoise & Copper Inlay by Sierra Nets

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Project by Greg posted 11-05-2013 08:29 PM 8887 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been on hiatus from here since the spring. Apologies. A lot has happened both good(lots of fishing) & not so good(My dear mother passed), but I am still heavily engaged in the sport. The custom net biz has been quite good, and my backlog remains out into 2014. I feel mighty blessed!

I created this net for a Hubby who commissioned it for his wife. Both are active fly fishers, and participate heavily in the Project Healing Waters. Her father was an avid woodworker and she has a love for it revealed as she recalls days as a girl in the shop of her father; The scents of different woods, the sounds of working the boards, the creativity and usefulness of it all.

The handle is oak burl that I salvaged from a wood lot in Temecula, Ca. over 3 years ago. I had it milled and it has been drying in my studio just waiting to become this! I vacuum stabilized the handle before glue up.

Here I cut out the handle’s final shape on the band saw.

From there, it is glued up. The hoop woods used were Walnut, Curly Maple & Genuine Mahogany (Repurposed from scrap wood.)

Just out of glue up/clean up

Once glued up, the handle is shaped using a series of rasps and files, then sanded till it feels nice.

Heating the copper ferrule blank before pressing it home.

Countersinking the copper ferrule.

Here I am inscribing the year into the hoop.

And after about 10 grueling hours of individually inlaying each end every piece of Kingman Turquoise, along with copper, and 10 hand-rubbed coats of a proprietary finish, this is what we got.

Here is the matching Magnetic Net Release. Also made of stabilized Black Oak burl with Kingman Turquoise & copper inlay.

I hope you enjoyed.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 08:51 PM

Wow! Every time I see one your nets I’m just speechless. This one is a beauty! Keep up the great work.

-- David

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 09:11 PM

I love these nets. So have you sold enough of them to pay for the clamps you use on the hoop?

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 09:12 PM

Super wow, That is really cool. Great Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 09:14 PM

Another unique a wonderful fishing net Greg. I was just looking at the vacuum process for stabilize older wood. How long does it take to stabilize the wood?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 09:47 PM


-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 10:03 PM

Greg another outstanding net, still don’t think I could use one in the water. Sorry to hear about your mom it’s always so hard. But glad you had some good fishing. I was a good early season here until mid July, then got very hot and low water conditions. I didn’t fish for 6 weeks. But Sept was good into Oct. now it turning winter into winter fast. Glad your back. Doug

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 10:59 PM

Absolutely spectacular!! Sorry to hear about your mom…. I am sure was very proud of you and your skill!

-- Dennis, South Bend ( Go Irish) Indiana

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 11:15 PM

Amazing! Im sorry for your loss

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 11-06-2013 12:05 AM

Great looking net, and my condolences on your loss.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 11-06-2013 03:48 AM

WOW!! That is a Beautiful Piece Of Work!!

Sorry about Your Mother’s Passing.

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 11-06-2013 06:05 AM

Thank you for the well wishes and nice comments everyone. It truly is nice to get good feedback from others who make sawdust. Don, it takes quite a while to stabilize. It’s typically a half day ordeal. I may start getting it done professionally for that reason. I dunno, it’s kind of a cool process, but a bit nerve racking. Craig, clamps have paid for themselves over and over, and over. :)
Doug, get on em before winter sets in hard. They do actually fish Doug.:

This guy is actually smiling about being on the inside of a Sierra Net! LOL!

A large 23” Lahontan Cutthroat in a wee-lil Sierra Net.

A New Zealand beauty!

An Alaskan Leopard Rainbow in a curly Koa net.

An Arizona Brown taken by Ben Smith of The Arizona Wanderings Blog.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#12 posted 11-06-2013 06:17 PM

Great to see your inspiring work again! Thanks for posting.

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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#13 posted 11-07-2013 04:12 PM

Another BEAUTY! It’s good to see how your love of woodworking has brought you a lucrative business and you get to work with what you love to do. Your work is amazing and we are all benefiting from you sharing your wood working techniques.

From the photos above, it looks like those fish are just as appreciative of your work and they are swimming into the nets to nest in them!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 11-08-2013 08:13 PM

Greg your work is always stellar! I am glad to hear that business is going well for you! I am sorry to hear about your mom.

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#15 posted 12-03-2013 05:21 AM

Fantastic nets! I really like the copper inlay. Could you teach me how you do it?

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