Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! The Carpenter Bros. will turn 6 yrs. old on their birthday in one week. This is a big time around our house. They have randomly asked to go fishing with me. They periodically ask to help me in my workshop. The most frequent request I get is to watch TV in the workshop while I work on rods. I have a lot to be thankful for this year!

Tomorrow I will be giving my father-in-law a new rod. He previously used the second rod that I ever made. However, after breaking it three times and losing one of the tips there wasn't much I could do anymore. I will say this rod is a lot stronger and thicker than his first rod. So this rod in the pics will go to him. Its not quite finished, but I can bring it home after tomorrow and put the finishing touches to it. I normally don't do wraps throughout the rod, but he saw a Bradford rod I sold about a month ago and he really liked it. The last pic is of the Carpenter Bros.


  1. Man, I love the way you make rods. I'm no cane expert at all (actually I'm a shameless fast carbon addict) but I think you've got quite an eye for aesthetics.
    Your work is beautiful! I especially like this grip design of yours. I've never seen it anywhere else, and I can't figure why, because it's a classic.
    it's got a japanese sleekness about it that I just LOVE.
    Obviously, when I'll brag everywhere with the rod, you'll get the credit. I'll probably start giving you credit even before I turn the cork. ^_^
    Anyway: thanks for being good at what you do. Bent rods and tight lines!

  2. One sentence seems to have been lost: the one where I was saying I'll take shameless inspiration from you for a fantastic 8'6 4wt I'm going to build this winter.