Sam is back from teaching, working in the shop and playing on the river.
This net is 23.5 inches overall. The hoop is 14 x 8 inches and the handle 10 inches. The hoop is an elongated style patterned after a net a fishing guide ask me to build.
It is the wood makes this net unusual. The entire net is unusually dark American black walnut. The heart wood of walnut is a dark wood and the outer layers of the tree, sap wood, are a lighter almost white in color. As the wood in the living tree ages, the sapwood takes on the deeper tones as the tree continues to add new layers of sap/surface wood. The wood in this net was air dried for about 3-5 years which preserved the contrast in color. Most lumber is dried in a wood kiln using stream which creates a more uniform color but with loss of the lighter wood. I found a small piece of this wood when I was sorting through a selection of odd pieces. Not a combination of color and tone that one often sees. This is a one a done net as I rarely see this dark of wood.
To further compliment the color of the wood, I added an inset of caribou to the handle with a nickel-silver wire braid and eye. (Instead of the usual brass.)
Nets of similar style may be ordered in various woods and with a ghost net bag. My nets are all signed and numbered. All nets have a custom shop made brass eye for attaching the net to your vest or belt. This net may also be ordered in a smaller size.
There is a $100 refundable deposit, with up to a 12 month wait time. I will email you for confirmation of details.