My primary objective of this project is to make as much money for CfR as I can.
I've done a lot of thinking on the raffle vs, auction thing and in my experience auctions have made more money with high end collectable items (like knives) than raffles do.
In order to have a raffle I would have to be a 501c3 non-profit organization, I am not one.
It would be much more preferable to me if someone who really wanted the vise ended up with it than someone who just bought a $5.00 chance on it and didn't even really want "the thing". It wouldn't be right in my mind for someone who won the vise for the price of a five dollar ticket to be able to sell it for what it was really worth.
Pulling a raffle ticket at the end of it all is always anti-climactic, the guy won't be at the event and some one will say "We'll call them and let them know they won" A raffle is a limited fund raiser, it can only make the ticket price times as many as you printed or sold. With an auction, the sky is the limit, the vise will sell for how much any two guys are willing to pay for it. And it's exciting.
Chug, yes, the vise will be made for a specific purpose. It will be for a trout fly tier. Sizes 12 to 20. I think that will appeal to most tiers. It will be called "The Trout Fly" and have images of trout flies and trout in the damascus.
Charlie, it will be tuned and as perfectly accurate as I can make it. It will be a true dead center rotary.
So, I'm going to make the base at about 5 pounds, it will have pockets.
Thanks for all the input, please keep it coming. How about base size?