Saturday, January 22, 2011
Going Old School with Old World Craftmanship
A while ago - while struggling to pop the top on my pvc rod tube - I decided that it was time to invest in some 'real' protection for my rods. The only problem was that just didn't like the look of the cases I saw in the stores. Most were metal or plastic tubes that offered ample protection but lacked the style I was looking for. What I really wanted was something classic.
Then it hit me as I was fiddling in my garage with some woodworking project. Why not make one out of wood? I toyed with a few drawings of square boxes and hinged cases but found the style to restrictive and cumbersome. Once again the tube came to mind and drawing on my long forgotten knowledge of geometry I sketched out a hexagon style rod case. As with any good idea, I soon found that this hexagon style case was not new to the industry. In fact there are a number of wood shops on the web that offer this style of case to us fly fisherman. The only problem was that what they wanted for the case was not what I was willing to spend.
Well after numerous attempts and a lengthy process of trial and error I final got a design I felt reflected my vision of what an old school fly rod case should look like. My first customer was a friend of mine that had built two rods for me for virtually nothing. As a thank you to him I gave him the above pictured case, complete with hand rubbed oil finish, leather handle, real wood inlay, and a magnetically fasten cap that fully seals the case. Of course what case of mine would be complete without the addition of a wood burned fly decoration.
I have gotten so much enjoyment out of making these cases that I have been looking at making and selling them in limited quantities at prices appropriate to the time used to construct them and below the rate seen on the Internet. In the future you will more than likely see more posts on the subject. As these cases become available I will post photos of the details and prices on these original hand crafted works of functional art.
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