Continuing Education at the Expo

The educational portion of the International Custom Rod Building Exposition is often overshadowed by the absolute plethora of rod building blanks, components and tools there. But make no mistake – the craft’s most extensive and intensive demonstrations and seminars take place at the Expo each year.


Gary Loomis talks Rod Blank Design


Everyone, from old pro to novice, can find something of interest within the seminar programs, which range from basic and introductory, to highly specific and advanced.

Billy Vivona presents CrossWrapping


Both seminar rooms, each outfitted with 125 chairs and some additional standing area, feature quality audio-visual gear so each seat, is the best seat in the house. Everybody, front to back, can easily see and hear what’s going on.

Kevin Knox on Abalone

In addition to the formal seminars at the Expo, it’s not at all unusual and rather quite common, for impromptu demonstrations to start up at a moment’s notice.  Ask a question, and you’re likely to find yourself surrounded by a couple dozen builders involved in a sudden and informative live demonstration.

Morris Schlesinger teaches WoodTurning


The 2012 International Custom Rod Building Exposition features perhaps one of the event’s strongest seminar and presentation line ups ever.  And all seminars, top to bottom, are included at no additional charge with the regular price of admission ($10).


Capt. Mike Pedersen on Carbon Skinned Grips


2012 International Custom Rod Building Exposition Seminars and Demonstrations:

Saturday February 25, 2012

Room A

 9 AM – Basic Rod Building with Jim Upton & Dennis Papike

11 AM -Cord and Turks Head Wrapped Handles with Steve Patterson

12 PM (noon) – Basic Crosswrapping with Billy Vivona

1 PM – Introductory Wood Turning with Morris Schlesinger

2 PM – Sharpening Lathe Tools with Morris Schlesinger

 3 PM – Building Presentation Grade Rod Cases with Mark Crouse


Room B

10 AM – Abalone Shell Inlays with Kevin Knox

11 AM  – Rod Sensitivity with Jason Brunner

12 PM (noon) – Building Great Lakes Trolling Rods with David Mayer

 1 PM – Building Rods for Charter Boats with Ken Preston

 2 PM – Rod Blank Design with Jason Brunner

 3 PM – 3D Beaded Wraps with Lana Preston




Sunday February 26, 2012

Room A

 9 AM – Basic Thread Weaving with Jim Upton

10AM – Advanced Thread Weaving with Jim Upton

12 PM (noon) -  EVA Grip Construction with Billy Vivona

1PM – UV cured finishes with Ken Preston


Room B

10 AM – Custom Rod Inscriptions with David Mayer

11 AM – Decorative Wrapping Secrets with Steve Patterson

12 Noon – Long Distance Surf Rods with Ryan White

2 PM – Rod Building Past and Present with Gary Loomis


1 Comment

  1. JSeawell on February 20, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Coming from someone that has been attending rod building seminars and shows since the early 1980s, I can honestly say that the seminars and presenters at the ICRBE are the best and most professional any rod builder will ever see. Each one is worth a hundred bucks in itself. The level of knowledge and expertise not to mention the way they are presented is head and shoulders above anything else. And they seem to get even better every year.