my first vise was actually made from a wooden dowel and a wing nut,
the dowel was sawed down the middle about an inch and a half. the wing nut and screw tightened the jaws. hahahahah wish i still had it.
the jaws fit inside of a band-aid container, you know the metal kind. i got the idea from a magazine long gone in my memory
my real start at tying was on the Thompson Ultra, belonged to Jay and his brother.
it was at Jays grandmother's house where i first learned how to get the thread on the hook, man was that a chore, fingers all sweaty, total concentration and no idea what to do next.
i keep at it, wrapping thread down the shank and tying in material, then a practice whip finish,
slice the material off the hook and start over.
long time ago..... close to forty years ago, wow
time flies when your tying flies
next time i think i'll try to tell about my pre W.W.II fly fishing library i sold for pennies, it's kinda gruesome