Archive for the ‘October 2011’ Category

Still Compiling…

Each afternoon I spend an hour or so and compile more results from the Rod Builders Survey performed over the Summer months. Although I had hoped to be finished by now, the strong response has resulted in the task taking much longer than I had anticipated. But stay tuned, I hope to have it completed in about two more weeks, at which time we can all take a look at some very interesting demographics and trends among custom rod builders.


Tom Kirkman



Volume 14 Issue #5

The Volume 14 Number 5 Issue of RodMaker is in the mail, now. Most subscribers will receive it towards the end of this month (October 2011).

Featured articles and columns include:


• No Crack Abalone Method

• Stacked Leather Handles and Grips

• Evolution of Spinning Guide Systems

• The Microwave Guide Story

• New GPS Interactive Guide Placement “App”

• Cut and Roll Blank Production

• Specialty Tools

• Reader Letters

• Rod Building News

• Q&A Column

• Rod Building History

• Rod Photo Gallery

Early Exhibitor List

While it’s still very early, following are the first companies to purchase booth space for the 2012 International Custom Rod Building Exposition, to be held February 25 & 26, 2012 at the beautiful Showplace Center in High Point, NC.


As of October 1st, 2011

American Tackle

Angler’s Envy

Angler’s Resource (Fuji)

Angler’s Roost


Bingham Enterprises

Decal Connection


Hydra Fishing, LLC

Jim Upton Weaving

Ken and Lana Preston Rods

Lamiglas, Inc.

Mar Ktruz LDA Cork

Mickels Custom Rods

Mud Hole Custom Tackle

NERBS – Northeast Rod Builders

North Fork Composites


RodMaker Magazine

Schlesinger Wood Turning

Seeker Rod Company

Skin Shop USA

St. Croix Rods/Blanks

Sticks ‘N Bones


Talon Graphite

Tiage USA

Trondak U-40

Woodworkers Shop


I’ll be adding additional exhibitors later this week.  We’re off to another great start and I believe the 2012 event will be our biggest and best yet.  Please visit the official event website at for a complete list of area hotels, transportation, seminars and exhibitors.


Tom Kirkman