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Landing Net Building Class



I demonstrate landing net building and construction methods at a variety of fly shows and locations throughout the year.   I also offer weekend classes which are designed for a student to complete a landing net during the class. The class will cover design, wood selection, wood bending, gluing and machining as well as finishing. Small group and individual classes at my home shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Classes run $650/student in group classes. I also provide individual instruction at $500/day. My minimum class is 2 days that is required to build a net. Timing and information covered is flexible.  Please contact me to schedule your date.  I also offer one day classes that may be tailored to your needs. 

A typical schedule would be:

Starts Friday PM, 8:30 Start time Saturday, 9:00 Sunday, 7:00 Monday, class ends at  noon Monday.  (The Friday and Monday sections are optional.)

Friday pm: Introductions,  selection of woods for handle and hoop, making wood strips, bending strips, design net mold  (Student may use pre-made form and bent strips if student cannot attend Friday class.)

Sat: Preparing materials for glue up.   Discussion of options for clamping and glues. Gluing up of landing net. 

Sun: Machining, shaping and sanding of net.  Prep net for finishing.  Discussion of net bags and attachment options. (There will be a demonstration and hands on application of finish.)

Monday am:  Application of finish. Discussion of jigs and fixtures. (All student's nets will have application of the finish but he nets will be sent to the student after the finish hardens) (A student's net maybe finished by the attending students and instructor if a student cannot attend the Monday session.)

Key Points:

  • History of landing nets
  • Construction over view
  • An easy methods of design
  • Quick and easy wood bending
  • Preserving symmetry with center lines and registration marks
  • Successful clamping and gluing of complex parts
  • Machine safety and set up
  • Machining and shaping
  • Customizing and finishing. 

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