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 craftâ€™s most extensive and intensive demonstrations and seminars take place at the Expo each year.
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.
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 whatâ€™s going on.
In addition to the formal seminars at the Expo, itâ€™s not at all unusual and rather quite common, for impromptu demonstrations to start up at a momentâ€™s notice.Â Ask a question, and youâ€™re likely to find yourself surrounded by a couple dozen builders involved in a sudden and informative live demonstration.
The 2012 International Custom Rod Building Exposition features perhaps one of the eventâ€™s strongest seminar and presentation line ups ever.Â And all seminars, top to bottom, are included at no additional charge with the regular price of admission ($10).
2012 International Custom Rod Building Exposition Seminars and Demonstrations:
Saturday February 25, 2012
Â 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
Â 3 PM – Building Presentation Grade Rod Cases with Mark Crouse
10 AM – Abalone Shell Inlays with Kevin Knox
11 AMÂ – Rod Sensitivity with Jason Brunner
12 PM (noon) – Building Great Lakes Trolling Rods with David Mayer
Â 1 PM – Building Rods for Charter Boats with Ken Preston
Â 2 PM – Rod Blank Design with Jason Brunner
Â 3 PM – 3D Beaded Wraps with Lana Preston
Sunday February 26, 2012
Â 9 AM – Basic Thread Weaving with Jim Upton
10AM – Advanced Thread Weaving with Jim Upton
12 PM (noon) -Â EVA Grip Construction with Billy Vivona
1PM – UV cured finishes with Ken Preston
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