Custom Cat's Paw Burl Maple Fly Fishing Net (Process Pic Heavy!)

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Project by Greg posted 07-27-2012 03:29 PM 4088 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My client stopped by the studio today to pick up his net. His smile made ME smile. :)
This wasn’t even staged one little bit….Pinky swear…

Nice shirt he’s wearing (One of Sierra Net’s Die With The Fly Shirts)

This commission required that he and I work out the details over Email. We sent CAD drawings and PDFs back and forth until we got it right. It was a fun build for me! I was also challenged to make a new elliptical shaped net hoop form. He also requested an inlaid copper fly of his own creation. He sent me the art, and I engraved and inlaid the fly in copper along with some of the open burl eyes in the cat’s eye burl maple. I love using this wood as it has so much character in such a little area. The hoop is shimmering curly maple & black walnut. The custom tied lanyard’s hole has a copper ferrule liner.

I absolutely LOVE the ergonomics of this net. It’s super light and just feels like an extension of your hand. The client was concerned a bit about the length but took a couple of false swipes with it and loved it.

These pics are but a small sample of the steps to get the net made but you’ll get the jist of it….All of the steps wouldn’t fit in this post! It’s a lot of work!

More nets can be seen on my website here.
Please feel free to contact me having a custom net made as a gift or for yourself.

Here’s a video I put together of the build for the client.

Thanks For looking.

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

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 03:37 PM

Thanks for all the information on your techniques. Beautiful net as always!

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

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 04:22 PM

what a beautiful piece of functional artwork.
I enjoyed seeing how you cut out the handle out of the middle of the board, making sure to get the best grain for the project, not worrying about using the wood the most efficiently. A small detail, but an important aspect of an artist at work.

The shirts are awesome also,
Well done, good things happening for you, keep up the good work,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 04:44 PM

Your nets look really professional, and the progress pictures are neat to see. The finish sure comes out nicely one these things, too. Is it a marine varnish of some kind to survive the water?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 07-27-2012 05:06 PM

Great job as always! I love looking at them and watching how you make them as wel….l Thx for sharing!

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

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#5 posted 07-27-2012 05:09 PM

Super nice Greg! I love the use of the table saw fence clamps! I think in one post you said a study in “clampology” that for sure is an efficient use!

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#6 posted 07-28-2012 01:53 PM

Super nice job!!! Any one would love to have a net that nice looking whether they fish or not.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#7 posted 07-28-2012 03:40 PM

Another beautiful custom net! My husband is still admiring his and will cherish it for many years!

-- "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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#8 posted 07-29-2012 12:08 AM

I have always been a fan of various kinds of maple. Your net is outstanding, to say the least. Thanks for sharing the sequence of photos.

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#9 posted 08-05-2012 02:04 PM

I must say that I am terribly impressed by your nets.

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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#10 posted 09-06-2012 08:26 PM

Greg i LOVE your nets… exceptional work!!! great idea with the metal ferrules… this makes me wish i fished more!!! where do you find your rubber net bags?

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#11 posted 12-23-2012 10:03 PM

OH my god.Never posted any comments ,but today is the day. This is the most beautiful thing i ever seen. I mean,exept for my wife. But it tells me to keep on triing . Thanks and keep on the good art.

Sorry for my english, i will try to do better next time

-- Jean Napierville

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