In an earlier thread on this forum I was encouraged to make a fly tying vise and let you all have a look at it.
I have started on it but like so many things that I start, the project has snow balled. I can't seem to just build a vise, the possibilities are limitless and I'm jumping at every nicety that I vise like this could have. Right now it looks like just a bunch of damascus and mokume.
I'm not conceited enough to think that just because I built it my vise will be the best ever. The reason I'm calling it the best vise ever is because it's my hope that it will do more than just be a pleasure to own and tie flies on. I would like to auction it off when it's done and donate the proceeds to Casting For Recovery. If things go well on this one, I will do one for Casting for a Cure and Project Healing Waters.
It would be rather self serving for me to post pictures of the vise build here just to promote my own business so I hadn't done any of that.
With the permission of this site I would like to run a thread covering the building of the vise through it's development to it's completion. When it's done I'd like to use this platform to auction it off and make a donation to Casting For Recovery for that amount.
The first vise will be made completely of damascus and mokume gane with Law style jaws of the size a trout fly tier might want.
I would like the members of this site to help me build the ideal vise. I'm soliciting your ideas on the best weight and size of the base and the height of the stem. Would you appreciate the use of legal ivory (mammoth) on the knobs? Would you prefer a palm wheel, finger knobs or both.
Please make any other recommendations you would like.
The build will take a year, I still have other things to do, and I will need to have time for fishing.
When it's done I will bring the vise to some of the bigger fly tying shows for exposure and to bring awareness to the project (or find representatives to do that for me in case I have conflicting events).
I don't know any of the representatives of Casting For Recovery so if any of you do please feel free to pass this information along to them. In the mean time, I will get in contact with them through their web site.
Thanks for your help, it's my hope that this project will turn out to be a big success.
I will apologize in advance to some members here, the vise will be extravagant and expensive, not practical in any sense of the word. It will be signed and serial numbered but, it is for a good cause.