If youâ€™re new to custom rod building, you may have seen a symbol consisting of three rod tip silhouettes (fly, cast-spin and roller type) on a simple white background. Maybe youâ€™veÂ seen it on a rod building component manufacturer or dealer website. Perhaps youâ€™ve seen it on another rod builderâ€™s business card. Maybe itâ€™s appeared on a car, truck or boat as it was moving down the highway. My guess is that youâ€™ve wondered what the heck it represented and why these companies and rod builders are displaying it.
Well, if youâ€™re a custom rod builder – it represents you!Â Thatâ€™s right. The symbol was designed and launched about 2 years ago with the intent of giving the custom rod building craft itâ€™s own unique identification symbol.Â Surely youâ€™ve seen the â€œDiver Downâ€ symbol that so many scuba divers display on the front of their cars. Or the â€œThin Blue Lineâ€ that law enforcement folks display on the back glass of their personal vehicles.Â While the general public doesnâ€™t always recognize or understand what these symbols represent, those who are active and participating in these endeavors know exactly what they are. When they see another person displaying one they know theyâ€™ve run across one of their own. So too with the International Symbol for Custom Rod Building.Â When you see it you know the company or person displaying it is involved in some way with custom rod building. And thatâ€™s the point – to encourage greater camaraderie and community among those who practice this worthwhile craft.
So if youâ€™re new to custom rod building and you happen to see someone displaying the symbol, go on over and introduce yourself – youâ€™re in good company.Â Most likely, the person youâ€™re approaching will be happy to talk a little rod building with you. Thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re displaying the symbol!
More information on the symbol, itâ€™s history and how to obtain a free decal featuring the symbol can be found at: http://www.intcustomrodsymbol.org
As of July 2010, over 40,000 decals featuring the symbol have been provided, free of charge, to those in the rod building craft and industry. You can get one too, and for nothing more than an envelope and a stamp.
By the way, if you decide to send for your free decal, and I hope you will, make sure to include a 5×7 inch SASE. The decal is too large to mail in a regular letter sized envelope. A single first class return stamp will mail two decals, so expect an extra when your envelope is returned to you.