Back in the shop, fall is here and I am ready to start swinging flies and making dust.
This an elegant and functional traditionally sized landing net made with striking woods. 22 inches overall, 8 inch handle and a 13 x 9 inch hoop.
This net handle was made from the small cut offs of a special piece of maple from a small saw mill in Iowa. When I first started making nets I went to that mill with my father. Walking across the mill yard, there was a block of wood covered by mud and grim, the grain of the wood just barely showed through. When I bought my lumber I asked about that small board and they replied, "Just take it." I cut it into small planks and let it dry. When I finally used that wood, I found that it had some of the highest figure and the most iridescent grain that I have ever seem. I think the rest of that log ended up in pallets. The hoop is Koa from a small supplier in Hawaii that would tell me where each of the trees he harvested had grown and had fallen.
This style of landing net may be custom ordered with a slightly larger hoop fitting style 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. All my nets feature a multi-coat epoxy finish to enhance and protect.
There is a $100 refundable deposit, with up to a 12 month wait time. I will email you for confirmation of details.