August 2010

Building Your Own…

There are plenty of fishermen who’d like to try their hand at building their own custom fishing rod. A few will and do, but most won’t even try. That’s a real shame. The manufacturing processes involved in creating most goods these days is pretty involved.  As a rule, few of us could expect to easily…

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate

How many of you are old enough to remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup advertisement? The one where some guy eating a chocolate bar walks around a corner and bumps into a guy who’s finger scooping peanut butter out of a jar. They look up and as they regain their senses, one shouts “You…

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Rod Building Demographics part 3

Yesterday I listed the state by state subscription numbers for RodMaker Magazine. They tell an interesting story, but not the whole story. Differences in geographic size have a great deal to do with how many rod builders you can expect to find in any particular state, not to mention the overall population of each state.…

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Rod Building Demographics part 2

I’m a sucker for numbers and statistics. I like the picture they paint but remain careful to view them in the proper context. After all, it’s perfectly possible to drown in a lake with an average depth of just an inch. The RodMaker Magazine subscriber database offers good insight into where the bulk of the…

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Good Business Conduct

The vast majority of the articles that appear in RodMaker pertain to new methods and techniques. Nuts and bolts “how-to” stuff. Realizing, however, that many builders sell their rods and are thus businessmen as well, we have and will continue to run articles pertaining to the business side of custom rod building. We’ve done quite…

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Photo Submissions

Each week I get letters or emails from readers wanting to know how to go about getting one of their custom rods featured in the RodMaker Magazine Photo Gallery.  Actually, it’s not hard and I’m always happy to feature nearly any custom rod in the magazine’s color center. There are a few requirements, however, and…

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Cooperation vs Competition

Custom rod builders often look at each other as competitors. Which, of course, they often are. When builders are located in close proximity this can sometimes result in less than friendly relations. It shouldn’t. I began selling rods to the public in the early 1980’s.  Very shortly afterwards I met several other area rod builders…

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Experience Is Worth Something

About the only thing worse than arriving late for the party, is to arrive late and yet assume that you know everything that’s gone on prior to your arrival. Not so very long ago, a novice rod builder called me and attempted to explain why casting reel seats were improperly designed. In his mind, he…

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Foreign RodMaker Subscriptions

Custom rod building is a worldwide craft/hobby. Many builders call or write and ask why RodMaker Magazine isn’t available on the worldwide market. So I’d like to explain why it’s only available in certain markets, primarily the United States. The first 4 years that RodMaker was in operation, I offered subscriptions Outside the U.S. for…

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Forgotten Dealers

There’s no doubt that there are more folks selling more rod building blanks and components than at any time in history.  This isn’t necessarily good for the health of the rod building industry, but it’s also not the subject of today’s blog entry. I mention it only because I’m reminded that there was a time…

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