I spent an enjoyable day making my own dubbing twister today. Here are a couple photos of my Saturday handyman project. Overall, I am happy with the way it came out.
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(Thank you, James Smith, for writing the article. Excellent job!! .)
I decided to paint the wood a solid white color to make it easier to see how much dubbing was added to the center slot. I changed the clips by substituting a thread tensioner I bought from Cabelas. I added marking along the dubbing slot to make it easy to make consistent dubbing brushes (repeatable lengths of different colors of dubbing).
The white block looked a little plain (stark) so I jazzed it up by adding some Jungle Cock Nails to decorate the top of it. I had to laugh at my self when I realized that I was putting the JC nails on with a few coats of Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails nail polish. (it seemed ironic to me... )
The Turbo Dubbing Twister is used to create dubbing brushes for tying flies. The dubbing is twisted tightly between two wires (actually one wire folded in half). The process of making the dubbing brushes only takes a couple minutes and produces a nice buggy looking dubbing chenille. From what I've read, the metal dubbing brushes are very durable and they also help add a little extra weight to the fly. I'm looking forward to creating a bunch of dubbing brushes with hares ear dubbing to test them out.