News and Reviews, Classes in landing net construction.

I enjoy sharing landing net construction with classes and demonstrations at various fly fishing shows and venues. This is my calendar of up-coming events.  Hope to see you there.

My classes are perfect for the experienced or beginner woodworker.  (I welcome parent (grand parent)  and child adventures but suggest a customized class.)

 January 25,26 & 27, 2019,  Location:  Edison, New Jersey.   I will be at The Fly Fishing Show, with my nets and net building supplies. This is one of the biggest fly fishing shows in the country.   I will be demonstrating landing net construction in a live demonstration during that weekend.

March 9,10 2019,  Location: Detroit, Michigan.  I will be at The Mid-West Fly Fishing Show, with my nets and net building supplies.  It is the largest fly fishing show in the mid-west. The always have a great line up of presentations.    I will be demonstrating landing net construction in a live demonstration during that weekend. 

May 25-26, Canadian Cane, Fergus, Ontario.  I will review landing net construction with a small group break out demonstration.  This is a fun gathering of cane rod makers form Canada and the USA.

April 13-14,2019,  Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Custom Landing Nets, Where form and function meet. $330 tuition, $100 material fee

This class will start with a quick over view of the various methods for constructing landing nets as well as design considerations. On the first day, students will be shown quick and easy methods for developing a custom design. Participants will build their gluing form and handle inset. The instructor will do a quick demo on preparing the wood strips and warm water bending. Each student will have a chance to bend sample lamination strips. After a discussion of clamping systems and a demonstration of the gluing method, all students will glue their own net frame. During the class Sam will discuss decorating and finishing techniques. On the second day, students will remove the net frame from the form and begin the sanding and machining process to produce the base frame. Each student will shape their handle to a personally pleasing contour before starting the final sanding and detailing. After a discussion of net bag attachment techniques, The students will be guided in the steps to complete their net. Along the way there should be time to discuss fishing, flies and life.

key points:

Overview of landing net construction

Easy methods of design

Quick and easy wood bending

Preserving symmetry with center lines and registration marks

Successful clamping and gluing of complex parts

Don’t worry about mistakes, your instructor has already made them all.

 

Home workshop Classes, Grand Rapids, Michigan: $500 

October date, to be announced.   

I will be conducting a class at my home shop in net building this October. This has a limited class size (4 students) designed  to not only to teach landing net construction but teach you the details about workshop set up and correcting mistakes. This has a limited class size (4 students) designed to not only to teach landing net construction but teach you the details about workshop set up and correcting mistakes. This is a this is a busy 2 day class, with optional add on's. Tuition is $450. 

Day one: Optional 1/2 day: Meet and greet, Review shop safety, select and bend wood strips for use the following day. Making fixtures and hardware. 

Day two: Full day: Meet and greet, Review shop safety, Discuss net design. How to develop patterns and molds.  Prep and glue up.  (Demo of strip prep and bending) 

Day three: Full day: Unclamp, sand, machine, and hand shape net frame. Prep for finishing. (Demo of finishing), adding custom features, attaching the net bag. 

Day four: Optional 1/2 day: Applying finish, making fixtures and hardware. 

I also conduct custom classes $500/day (2-3 students). Minimum of 2 days.  Single student discount $400/day.  Please contact me directly to arrange a date.