This year, 2012, RodMaker Magazine celebrates its 15th anniversary. Looking back, RodMaker brought many â€œfirstsâ€ to the rod building craft. Iâ€™d like to mention a few of them here.
1998 – RodMaker becomes the first full size publication for custom rod builders. RodMaker also becomes the first custom rod building publication available by subscription, outside of any organizational requirement. RodMaker is also the first rod building publication to mail in a protective cover.
1999 – RodMaker becomes the first rod building publication to introduce a full color cover and photo gallery.
2002 – RodMaker becomes the first rod building publication to mail in a protective cover, replacing the clear mailing bag introduced previously.
2004 – RodMaker becomes the first rod building publication to sponsor a large scale custom rod building event, the International Custom Rod Building Exposition, now preparing to enter its 10th year.
2005 – RodMaker becomes the first rod building publication to host a yearly reception/party for its subscribers, all at no extra charge beyond the subscription price. This yearly event has continued each and every year since.
2008 – RodMaker becomes the first rod building publication to include a decal of the International Symbol for Custom Rod Building. This large (5-inch) vinyl decal was included, free of charge in each of the Volume 11 #4 issues. (Decals are still available from RodMaker, free of charge – http://home.earthlink.net/~utilitysite/http://home.earthlink.net/~utilitysite/ )
2011 – RodMaker becomes the first rod building publication to print entirely in full color.
There are a lot more little things RodMaker can be proud of – 1/2 point larger than industry standard type and leading for easier reading, staple binding so the magazine lays flat for use while following instructions for an article, the lowest price per issue of any rod building publication, the list goes on and on.
Hopefully there will be many more firsts in the years to come. By the way… the Volume 15 #3 issue mails this coming Tuesday. RodMaker was the first and remains the only rod building publication to mail on time, every time!