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Old 02-03-2013, 07:59 AM
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Hello Dan,

THATīS AN INCREDIBLE WORK!!!!!!!!!!
I canīt wait to see more pictures
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Had not seen the latest pics...of the new baby Dan...you're a master
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I got the second coat of flex coat on and am going to have to do a third in two spots. Right in front of the feather inlay a cunk of dustish something landed and stuck. The ferrule in the tip piece got hit by I'm pretty sure my dogs tail. I have the turning motor in my kitchen but the rod tip is out in the living room. This is the trouble with turning such a long rod in the winter. Dust gets blown around because the dang heat won't stop running and blowing things around and you can't toss the dog out till it sets and is safe.

I'll do the last photos tomorrow and then post them.

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Nice job on this, Dan. Looks fantastic.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:54 PM
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Thanks. By the way I blamed the dog wrongly for the mess on the one ferrule. I'm pretty sure I did it myself. When I did the last fix it coat, I noticed the ferrule was over the divider heading into the livingroom so the dog is found not guilty. Where it is I think I did it getting the phone. Bad me. I have it all done though.

I have tried about 8 photos with different light and can't seem to get one that does justice to the feather inlay. The red tip on the Golden Pheasant feather goes from yellow to red depending on the light. The eye in the Grey Peacock Pheasant feather there is no way to do it short of video. It looks rounded in 3-D. Very cool. The Impeyan Monal feather changed color from the metallic Blue to a more green that actually turns a coppery green on the end with movement in light. This thing is going to be amazing in sunlight. If the sun ever comes out here I'll try an outside shot.

I'm going to reshoot photos again and see if I can't post them tonight.
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I have never been able to take a photo of any of my rods but I can't wait to see the feather inlay. I guess I'm going to have to try that myself eventually!
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Well it's completely done. It turned out really nice but if I had it to do over I would not use metallic thread for the weave. It is OK of you turn it slow and let it soak in but it is impossible to get a good photo of. I think if you do a busy weave like this one, avoid the metallic threads. The glittery reflections make it harder to see what it is.

I put the rod company, the length and weight, plus my name on the rod. I used dry transfer lettering. It's the best way I ever found to make a perfect lable every time that looks good. If you plan to do a few rods on one sheet, make sure not to touch the letters or let them touch anything that will get them in the slightest bit dirty. I put down brand new clear plastic wrap over everything including the rod where it is not being labled, the stand, everything. If you have a ball point pen that is out of ink it is the best thing for doing this. That or an ink you can see through like red. It gets the letters onto the rod without making it hard to see where you are lining up for the letter next in the lineup.
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I put a piece of masking tape where the line of letters go, so they come out straight.
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Here is the inlay. I had trouble getting a photo to do justice to it. The Impeyan Monal feather changes color as you move it in the light. To some extent so does the Golden Pheasant feather. In it the red in the tip comes and goes. Interesting. The eye in the Grey Peacock Pheasant feather and the Monal feather both went from more blue and purple to more greens.
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I rigged the whole rod up and ran the head out of the rod like it was swinging and it balances perfect right at the top of the grip. This is the reel seat and the reel. It is spooled up with a Trevor Morgan line. I love those lines.
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Now all I have to do is wait till the ice goes out sometime around the end of March to mid April. Fall was early and cold. Winter has been cold, and I do mean cold. I don't have a lot of hopes for a nice Spring when we get into this pattern here. It could be a while before I can post any fish with this.

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I decided to give up on a good photo of the weave. The photo that gives the best representation of it, is this one of the completed pattern. This is precisely how the weave looks. Between the shiney surface, the glittery thread, the curve and the fact it goes all the way across 50% of the blank, I just can't get a good photo. Anyway, here's the pattern;

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:26 PM
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Very nice Dan! Very nice indeed!

I am curious where you get your dry transfer letters from. I was browsing around last night looking for some for this same exact purpose. I like the font of the ones you used.
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Beautiful rod Dan!
I've tried feather inlays with little success. I always rush it. I need to slow down, let the first feather set before moving on.

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I am curious where you get your dry transfer letters from. I was browsing around last night looking for some for this same exact purpose. I like the font of the ones you used.
I was thinking the same thing. Other fonts would be sweet as well.


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