I try to always be unique in my style and never copy someone else work. But sometimes I see something that really makes me curious, and this time I really needed to try this myself. I have been following the work of Japanese bamboo builder Katsumi Harada for quite some time, and I'm a huge admirer of his rods. I especially love the grips, and how they are integrated with the reel seat. It's somewhat related to the works of Stephen Boshoffs work in South Africa. I believe in shorter grips, where the reel is sitting very close to the hand. Mr. Harada makes this reel seat/grip on all his rods, and I can guarantee that it's very well balanced and ergonomic. The blank is a Yellow River 6'6'', 3wt, a crisp brook trout taper with nice flex curve and quick recovery, appointed with Snake Brand Originals all wrapped in orange silk. This rod is going to the highly talented leather craftsman Chris Fox, who in return is working on a leather creel for me. Chris is up and coming, and I'm proud to be making this trade with him. Check out his work at http://www.chrisfoxleatherwork.us
Thursday, July 2, 2015
I posted my own Alchemy Dharma 7'5'', 4wt the other day, and here comes another one. This one has a different reel seat made of blued brass and Turkish Walnut, and an orange signature wrap on the stripping guide. Thanks Aki, for designing this excellent blank!
Here comes a recently finished Epic Swift DH11, with exactly the same appointments like one I did earlier this year. Heavy duty Rec reel seat, YLI silk, Mildrum stripper and Snake Brand Original guides. And a custom made winding check in blued brass. This one is on its way to sunny California.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
This is the last of my James Green Semi-Parabolic 7'4'', 4wt blanks, showing off an up/down locking reel seat in cross-cut Bocote and blued brass. Dark nickel snake guides in bronze and a blued Mildrum ME stripping guide, all wrapped with orange Pearsall silk. I made this friend for my dear friend and highly talented rod maker Chris Barclay in St Louis. In return, Chris has promised me one of his new parabolic 4wt rods, the 75p. Sometimes it's extra great to be a rod maker.
June has been a busy month. It's trout season everywhere, and I have had many out-going rods on the rack lately. This one was made to match the latest version of The Can in grey anodization. The blank is a 7'5'', 4wt Alchemy Dharma, a smooth parabolic taper that goes well with a 5wt line. The rod is appointed with grey silk wraps and chrome hardware. The reel seat skeleton is turned from aluminum, with a butt cap in translucent rubber. I made this rod for myself, so I guess this is the style I prefer the most. Light weight and plain.
Monday, June 1, 2015
It's been a while since I finished a Kabuto, and this is actually the first time I completed a 764. Kab built me one of these rods many years ago, and it's a damn nice taper. This one was appointed with my up/downlocking reel seat with a very special piece of wood. The insert in black oak comes from a sunken 19th century East India-ship that was found on the bottom of the sea in the harbor of Gothenburg a few years ago. The skeleton is made from blued brass, and the grip is a comfortable straight Ritz with a flare at the tip. The guides were wrapped in light grey YLI silk, with a signature wrap in dark brown over the stripping guide. This rod will be featured in a Dutch article on fiberglass rods that will be published later this year, with an interview with yours truly.
Here comes a recently finished build on a customer blank. The rod is a Thomas&Thomas Solar 9', 5wt. This is a graphite rod with unsanded charcoal finish and a very fast action. The appointments were decided in dialogue with the customer, and feature a NOS Struble U8 reel seat leading over in a moderate Ritz grip. The guides were wrapped in black silk with trim bands in CP orange and dark silver. I rarely use more than two colors on my rods, and it took a while to find the silent and distinguished look I aim for. The orange length marks on the butt section made the rod pop, and I'm very happy with the outcome.