September 2010

Origins…

Back in the early to mid 1980’s I met three rod builders who would later become directly responsible for the creation of RodMaker Magazine. Buddy Owens was one of the first custom builders I ever met. By anyone’s standards he would have to be considered a very talented and top flight rod builder. The first…

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Volume 13 #5

Today I signed off on the final proof for the volume 13 #5 issue of RodMaker Magazine. This issue, which will mail on October 1st and which most subscribers will receive towards the end of October, is the LARGEST in our 14 year history. Generally, most RodMaker issues have contained anywhere from 4 to 6…

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Custom Rod Photos

The largest collection of custom rod building photos on the internet can be found at www.rodbuilding.org/photopost.  Over 10,000 photos of all manner of custom rods, decorative wraps, rod building tools, etc., etc., can be found there. That’s right – over 10,000 custom rod photos! At the bottom of each photo is a comment box. Due…

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Custom Thread Art

The past decade has brought what seems a plethora of possible aesthetic enhancements for custom rods. This has caused a big change from years past when decorative thread work was the main, if not sole means, of personalizing a custom rod. And yet, amid so many newer cosmetic techniques and methods, decorative thread work remains…

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Civil Participation

News columnists have recently lamented the end of what they term the “age of civility.” Many point to the boorish behavior and immature conduct found on so many public forums and blogs as proof that the internet has been the overriding factor in the loss of such civility. I would contend that the internet itself…

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Buy One, Get One Free!

That’s right – buy 1 get 1 FREE.  The regular price for a RodMaker Magazine back issue is $7.95. From today until this coming Tuesday, that same $7.95 will buy you 2 issues of RodMaker. And… I’ll throw in the postage for free too! There is no limit to how many issues you can order,…

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Always Something Going On Here

“You really do have a BIG building” remarked a visiting rod builder recently. And he’s right – it is a big place, too big for just publishing a magazine or building fishing rods. But a lot more goes on around here in these 8,000 square feet than most imagine. For instance, one of the companies…

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Gone But Not Forgotten

Sometimes it’s hard to believe I have been publishing RodMaker for nearly 14 years. And it’s difficult to remember all the fine rod builders that the magazine has brought me into contact with during that time. A few seemed to come out of nowhere, shine brightly and then drop out of sight. I wonder where…

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