New Custom Fly Fishing Nets Roundup-Too busy to post for the last 6 months!

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Project by Greg posted 12-23-2012 12:53 AM 6594 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi my fellow wood junkies! I have had a very productive year-So productive, I’ve nary the time to post, so this is a roundup of the last 4 nets I have sent out of the studio.

This first one is a net commissioned by my best friend’s mother. She wanted to get him something this year that he would always cherish. She had two requests: to include at least 1 ladybug as that is something she often includes in her signature. And she wanted it to say “From Mutt” (pronounced “moot”) which is German for MOM.

The handle wood is burled Carolina Cherry which is a street tree here in So Cal. It is quite rare and not commercially available. In the inclusions, I inlaid Kingman turquoise & copper. The handle has a Wenge spine for strength. The hoop is Wenge as well. The lanyard is hand-tied paracord and runs through a copper ferrule.

The ladybugs (there are two) were a labor of love. They were cut from a piece of bloodwood about 1/8” thick on a scroll saw. I hand sanded them to final shape, and then carved out the matching inlay holes in the net. The dots on the ladybug were drilled with a high speed .015” carbide bit, and then inlaid with black stone.

The next is made from a prized piece of Mahogany I rescued from becoming a door many years ago. It is curly, and RARE! This thing must be seen in full sunlight to be appreciated. The hoop woods are Curly Maple & Mahogany. The two black stripes are actually strips I cut and sanded to .014” thick. It’s a real pain to do, but the outcome is worth it!

This client actually called me right after he received it to thank me and to tell me that he was literally sleeping with the net that night!

I use upcycled foam to pack up the nets. I have a 100% undamaged shipping record (knock on wood!) The foam is rescued from the trash bin as scraps from a packaging company.

This next net is one of my all time favorites! it was made for great FF advocate here in a local club. the wood is really nice spalted burl maple. It was stabilized and then coupled with a mahogany, curly maple & Wenge hoop. The Latigo Leather, copper, and brass Magnetic Net Release is spalted Maple as well.

The last net was a Christmas commission which I just shipped out to a very happy wife of an avid fly fisher.
It is Cat’s Paw Burl Maple with copper inlaid into the open burl eyes. The hoop is Wenge and all accents are copper as well.

I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for checking them out.

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

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 01:43 AM

Beautiful work

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 02:25 AM

very nice!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#3 posted 12-23-2012 05:05 AM

WOW!! Very nice work. Love it.

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#4 posted 12-23-2012 05:27 AM

I don’t fish so….....
Would you actually use these out on the water or do these mostly just hang on the wall??
Most of my observations of people who go fishing is that they aren’t real dainty with the equipment.
These nets must have taken a while to build. They look great….............................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 12-23-2012 06:00 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Love your inlay! I’m a fisherman and I’m sure they would be just as enjoyable in use as they are as eye candy for wood workers. Congratulations on a busy year.

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

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#6 posted 12-23-2012 07:24 AM

Rdryder. These nets are built to fish! Matter of fact, I get a little insulted when they are NOT used! I guess because then I think I should have wasted all the time on my lengthy hand-rubbed finish. Could have just sprayed lacquer and caledl it a day!
Some of my clients hang em up, but most fish them. I have a gallery of those that choose to use on my website.

Thanks for the nice words all.

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

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#7 posted 12-23-2012 09:26 AM

Beautiful pieces of work. Pleased you had a busy and successful year. Good Luck for 2013.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#8 posted 12-23-2012 10:44 AM

that is functional art….beautiful work

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#9 posted 12-23-2012 11:43 AM

Gregg beautiful nets. Being an avid fly fisherman and woodworker I don’t know if I could put those in the water. I am sure the trout would not appreciate the beauty of the nets they are going into.

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#10 posted 12-23-2012 01:11 PM

Beautiful work and you have a fantastic selection of wood displayed in this project. I’m very impressed. (as always!)

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 12-23-2012 02:09 PM

As an avid fly fisherman up here in Montana, all I have to say is:

I want one.

How would I go about ordering one? Incredible work…

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#12 posted 12-23-2012 02:36 PM

Awesome work. Almost too beautiful to use!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 12-23-2012 04:58 PM

Beautiful work. I am a fisherman and would use one of these but keep it protected during transport. I am interested in finding out more detail on how you inlay your turquoise and copper. Also how you added the black stones to the ladybug. Outstanding work.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#14 posted 12-23-2012 08:36 PM

Outstanding work. As a fisherman not only would I love to have one with me while fishing I would just love to have one in my man cave on dispaly….....You are an artist with your creations…..

-- Brock, Illinois

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#15 posted 12-23-2012 08:36 PM

You might get upset when people don’t use them but I doubt I could ever use something this nice for fishing. Especially when everybody around me pulls out the old aluminum nets and I have this work of art.

Also, you are going to have to tell 15 to 20 different people per trip out that yes, this is meant to be used. Crazy beautiful.

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