Women in Rod Building

Considering their generally superior hand skills, it seems odd that more women are not involved in custom rod building. Then again, there may be more than is often assumed.

There are roughly 300 women listed on the current RodMaker Magazine subscriber list. Now that’s only about 2% of the total, but it still represents far more female rod builders than most would imagine. Of course, at least some portion of these have simply subscribed for their husbands in their own names. How many, I can’t really put a number on. My guess would be about half.

Still, there are more female builders than you might imagine and their numbers are growing. Just today I received the following letter:

Dear RodMaker:

After receiving your 1st book in the mail today from Amazon, I would like to subscribe to RodMaker Magazine. Thank you for inspiring me forward to a new craft/career.

Retired Dental Hygienist,


I get a lot of letters each day but this one stood out and I was very happy that another female rod builder has joined the ranks. My guess is that she’s going to be very good at this craft. I sent her a couple back issues as further encouragement.

Tom Kirkman


1 Comment

  1. Betty Goyco on September 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for posting this awesome blog. I thought I was the only female rod builder around!