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  1. On 10/17/2020 at 11:49 PM, Mark Knapp said:

    Here's something fun, Blacknose Dace with just one animal.


    Here's a wolverine head and neck skin with a nice throat patch on it.


    I clipped three colors of hair from it,


    tied a fairly sparse one from it,


    and a couple of shaggier ones.


    One thing I noticed about wolverine hair is it doesn't taper as much as other hairs and furs. When you stack it, the ends look chopped.


    Then just for fun I tied one with all feathers, my first attempt at marrying wings.



    This gives me an idea.  I've noticed in recent years, Tyers are adding more and more materials to test our tying prowess.  A lot of those flies are catching quality fish.  I'd like to go in the opposite direction and start tying with the just 2 or 3 materials and see if I can still catch quality fish.  

    As with your Black Nose Dace, you have the Badger, red yarn tail and the silver tinsel, is it a necessity to have the over tinsel or is the red yarn tail a necessity?

    Hmmmmmm.  A new challenge to work on.



  2. A lathe... that's awesome!

    Noticing a couple of things in the video. The shirt you have on is from Bar Harbor Maine. A quaint little fishing village with a tourist problem.  That is only 30 mins from where I live. 

    Also I realized that you could have saved a lot of money and done that wand with a sharp knife and a bit of time.


  3. Have a friend who is a professor at a military collage. He calls it "Social Ineptitude" and puts the blame squarely on the parents. People are quickly looseing their social graces because we learn our social graces from TV and the internet. 

    He was having a phone conversation with the Admiral of the collage when a new student walked up to his desk and said he had a question. He apologized to the Admiral for needing to put him on hold, stood up and told the student to get out. Student said "but I have a question for you Sam". He told him told him to get out if his office or get tha hell off his campus. 

    We seem to have forgotten to to teach kids how to be good people. 


  4. On 8/3/2020 at 5:03 PM, blaketeague said:

     where are good places to get supplies as well as find patterns and what i need to tie them . 

    If you have friends that are taxidermists, upland game hunters and water fowler hunters, they will be great resource for tying material.  If you don't, it will be an opportunity to make new friends.



  5. Mikechell,

    I'm curious if you could flip the pulleys that are there? If the spindle size is the same on the motor as on the fan, would the motor have the capacity to handle the change in load.  


  6. Blake welcome to the forum and a life time of possibilities.

    We all have one thing in common here.  We all have an opinion and I am no different.  

    I would recommend to start simple just as others have mentioned.  I would recommend to starting with something like The Maple Syrup


    move up to a Wooly Bugger


    then move up to a Clouser Minnow


    or a Mickey Finn


    This would give you a great start with the basics of tying.



  7. Good day Mr. Mikechell,


    Sorry for the delay,  Happy Birthday and Congrats on the starting of the shop.  Looks awesome.  

    The dust collector looks incredible.  I really like the idea of the price.  Just showed your ingenuity.  I have been thinking about putting my collection system outdoors, however in the winter time I would be sucking the heat outside.  The collection systems that Bill_79 showed would be fine outside.  The db levels should not effect the neighbors.  If there is an issue, mount it the the building and box it in. 

    If I may add a bit the the future set up of your shop.  Wherever you have a bench or handle any sharp tools,  put a piece of plywood or OSB under the work area.  There is nothing I have found more frustrating than to drop a newly sharpened tool onto concrete edge first.  I have also found the tools don't like it either.  The concrete doesn't seem to have any opinion about it.



  8. Thought I'd resurrect this thread because I'm al most back to work.  Had shoulder surgery the end of Feb.  This is the first turning project I've done since.  I'm good for about 3 hours at a time on the lathe.


    These are Trinity Bowls.  







  9. 3 hours ago, caddis16 said:

    Or you can buy the whole hackle farm. 



    I'm curious if you have been to his shop?  If you haven't, you might want to stop in sometime.  It is just north of east west nowhere.  It is about 2 1/2 hours north of my home.  However, his shop is amazing and his hackles he has created are incredible.  I thought they were quite reasonable in price and picked up a couple.  Interesting guy to have a conversation with,  he is a retired Game Warden and has a multitude if stories.  



  10. Good morning Landon,

    I have had 4 vises in my 40+ years of tying now.  I started with a vise made in India and made a mess of that due to over tightening it to get the hooks to hold.  I then purchased a Thompson AA that I used for some years when I was tying for a couple of shops.  When that  finally gave up the ghost I purchased another.  That took me up to 5 years ago.  I researched as many review as I could.  That is when I purchased a Peak.  I did buy the package with all three jaws and added the riser.  I have enjoyed tying with it and can see this will last for a long time.  I not sure I will have enough years to put a dent in this vise.  

    This is just my two cents and I hope that it may help you wade through all the vises that are available.



  11. Hello Bryon,

    Your nexts are exquisite in materials and in form.  They have a wonderful elegance to them.  You have given me something to strive for.  

    I had an opportunity to take some time on a remote pond and put my new net to the test.  I think it did alright.  Funny how it works out.  They changed the regs this year to nothing over 12".  It has been years since I've caught anything over 10".  Everything I caught that day was in the 14-15" class.  Go figure.






  12. 20 hours ago, Poopdeck said:

    Yeah me to. I draw like I have ten thumbs. This is the extent of my pryography, shou sugi ban finish on a balcony bar top I made for my daughter. I burned with propane weed burner. No fine lines.


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    Watch out Poopdeck.  This is how it all starts.  Something you think is simple now, then you are awake at night drawing out plans for what's next.  The next thing you know, years have gone by and you need a bigger workshop to hold all those tools you have accumulated.



  13. 12 hours ago, Bryon Anderson said:

    I tell you, guys, if I can leep my mojo going I'm going to have some cool nets rolling out of here in a week or two. I just need a stretch of uninterrupted time to work on them! 



    Is that Hickory you are using these two?  



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    Finally finished.  The handle is curly maple and the hoop is birds eye maple with walnut accents.   The dots on the handle are spaced every two inches starting at 6" going to !8".  Made of 10 gauge solid copper wire.


    I do appreciate the compliments.  Most of all I really do appreciate the help and the encouragement. 


  15. 6 hours ago, mikechell said:

    Glad to be of assistance.  Better hop to it!  When my garage is done in a few months, woodworking is one of my planned hobby upgrades and working with laminating is high on the list.

    That is going to be realy cool. A new building and a new hobby to use it for. Can't wait to see what comes out of it.

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