Custom Burl Fly Fishing Reel Seats

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I have been messing around and turning some burl reel seats as of late. I really like doing it, but it is a bit tricky with the inlays.

Here are a few. All have been Vacuum stabilized.

I made this one first. It was Carolina Cherry Burl with copper inlays in the burl inclusions. I made it for a buddy who makes his own conventional rods. I really like Carolina Cherry Burl because it has world-class looks, but is an urban tree and only available in very limited circles and in limited quantities. You will never see this stuff at a lumber yard!

Here is another I made for him in Maple Burl. He wanted the bark inclusions left as-is.

Pete at Renaissance Rods is the proud owner of these two Carolina Cherry Burl Seats with Copper inlay in both and Turquoise added, piece by piece, to the other.

Here they are leaning on his new net I just shipped to him. Claro Walnut Burl, Curly Maple, Mahogany & Weng. There is a copper & Black Stone inlay in a natural inclusion on the handle. The handle has been vacuum stabilized.

I made these for a guy in my Fly Fishing Club. He saw Pete’s seat with turquoise and ordered one up in my Black oak burl. I played around with it a bit and thought a butt other than the cheap little metal one they send with the hardware would spruce it up. I made it unbeknownst to him, and he chose to use it on his rod.

Here is my latest. I love it. It is Eucalyptus burl with a touch of sapwood to give it character. It has really nice tight burl eyes.

Now, if I just wrapped rods, I’d be set!

Thanks for lookin’.

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

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 02:04 PM

Nice work and wood.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 03:22 PM

Always good to see the awesome work you do.
Be Blessed, Ted

-- God determines the number of days, but you determine how they are spent. Ps 118:24

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 10:34 PM

Greg, they are amazing. The different burls give it class. What is “vacuum stabilized”? What’s the benefit of doing it?

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

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 11:35 PM

Greg, as with everything you do these are wonderful! You bring such a class to fishing! I just wrapped my first rod, not a few weeks ago, it was Pete that inspired me and helped me through it.

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 06:25 AM

Thanks all. Don, youtube “Cactus Juice”

Luke, Pete’s a great guy. Glad he was able to help, and thank you for the really nice comment-Means a lot to me.

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

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