Sunday, October 31, 2010

once upon a time

before I had the shoppe I worked in the backyard

and on the kitchen table
whatever it took

and sometimes...

the shoppe looks like tihis

Saturday, October 30, 2010

somebody's calling my secret name

I'm working up to something here
I don't know how to get there
but I know where I'm going
so please bear w/ me

another fucking youtube video or two along the way
some folks think this shit sucks
I beg to differ...
tune in and you'll see
it wrock...

perusing the archives

I've got lotsa possibilities for posting
old shots from the old daze
back when ye olde rod shoppe that wrock 
wasn't but a glint on daddy's dick
interesting stuff 
to me at least and one day soon you'll see some here

today I've settled on this...

a preliminary design sketch for the afa logo
back in the day yo
fortunately I secured a professional(?) to finish the job

Friday, October 29, 2010

not again

yes we're doing it again
something we swore we'd never do
but twice in one week and three times total...

this is just too damn great to ignore

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

well just because...

it is one of my all time favorite songs by one of my all time favorite bands...

a rather low keyed version
nevertheless it wrock

ignore the poor sound quality and
pay attention to the lyrics
despite the semi simpleton chorus

we love this shit

state of the craftsmanshit address #9 - autumn '10

I've just had the unfortunate (and very disappointing) experience of dealing with a couple of industry giants
neither of which have the stones to stand behind their products

as a struggling craftsman working at starvation wages 
I will repair or replace any rod I built at no expense to the client save shipping costs
which likely means that I'll be eating replacement component cost and considerable labor
should a rebuild be necessary

why?  because it is my obligation to the customer
who trusts me to deliver the goods in exchange for their considerable investment in my skill 
(or lack thereof)
simply put it is my responsibility to do so to protect my reputation
(whatever the hell that may be)

so I contacted a very well known worldwide manufacturer of sunglasses
about replacing a broken pair of shades I had come across while cleaning up the flytying den

their response? 

 something like "we no longer manufacture that particular model so repair or replacement is not possible"

okay - that's kind of understandable
how about replacing w/ a similar current model?
nothing doing

instead they offer the terrific option of 25% off any pair of shades from their website
plus $6 handling fee (shipping is free if you order from the website)
what a bargain
though I do think I'll take them up on it for a trendy and stylish polarized model
nevertheless I don't like it

in all honesty I do not remember how I broke them
though I was probably at fault

our next industry giant is in the flyfishing industry
and is generally highly regarded though viewed w/ scorn by some
because of a patented design protection lawsuit or something like that
the details escape me

after contacting them about replacing the defective jaw
I was informed that they are covered by a LIMITED warranty 
and replacement jaw is priced at $30

so the limited warranty doesn't cover breakage of the main component?
that's just silly

anyways, again I'm just going to bite the bullet and replace them
because I really really enjoyed the product

I just don't like it 
not one little bit
remember I'm working at starvation wages albeit by my own choice

because I think it is absurd to charge what I do for a fishing pole
any fishing pole made of any material out there
and would not feel comfortable charging the prices
others who shall remain nameless demand

am I comparing their skillset and experience to mine?
absolutely not
but to pay that much money for a got am fishing pole is assinine

I think I'm done now

Friday, October 22, 2010


across this while searching through the garage closet for a book or twelves

it's up to you loyal reader to tell me what it is

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

pesky nodes

nodes are a pain in the ass to deal with
a weak link that is hard to deal with
that doesn't make a lotta sense to me

you work and work and work to get them flat and straight
shay has a nifty fucking node tool
I don't

the other day I stumbled upon a simple solution

Sunday, October 17, 2010

stabbed right in the fuck

the badgers that's who got stabbed right in the fuck
they whooped the buckeyes right from the git go

until the beautiful end

so you beat the number one team in the nation
evening up yer records @ 6 - 1

and what do the fucking idiot pollsters do?

first all credit to the ap poll who have the badgers #10
osu #11

but the usa today/coaches poll and the bcs standings can fucking blow me
both have osu ahead of wisconsin

time to put down the pipe girls and stop sucking that glass dick
or maybe just maybe 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

until we have something from the shoppe (coming soon)

even though this pic is crap we love it anyways
p-nutt is afraid of the camera and it is hard to get a good shot of him
what a good boy

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

more soundtracking

just picked this one up
and first listen says it moves into frequent rotation

my niece was fortunate enough to see them last night in chicago
I suspect I'll never see them

nevertheless belle and sebastian make the most interesting exciting and creative pop music available
get some and see... 


currently in hot rotation at ye olde rod shoppe

Monday, October 11, 2010

overseeding season sucks

home course is closed for overseeding
it will be closed three daze and opening in four
which seem right short to me
most courses are closed ten daze to a month

and while a I realize the necessity of the practice
it is an inconvenience and contributes absolutely nothing
when trying to shave down a handicap

and the weather has finally cooled down enough to enjoy 18 holes in the afternoon

Sunday, October 10, 2010


you'll see the shoppe this clean again for the rest of the rodbuilding season
nevertheless there's a lot going on here...

anyways - six butt strips awaiting nodal knockdown
scraping and sanding heating and smashing

then more of the same for three more rods
figure a day on each rod and we're hoggin' off bamboo and roughing those strips you see here
on friday

tomorrow we play golf  we'll tackle some of those nodes tomorrow morning though

also note the new bench on which the tormek sharpener sits
I wanted to get my work benches as cleared of and clean as possible
I am still working on it
ideally you could work from either side of both workbenches
that's highly unlikely

on hold until glue day

fe thomas 7ft 4wt 3pc

glue day arrives when the additional four 4wt are planed out
currently addressing node work on the first
we'll get there

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

not exactly up for grabs but open to offers

summer temperature + laziness = neglect
first up clean up this fucking mess
I'm seeing a ruined tent another tent some cots and other camping gear
 some folding chairs an air compressor step ladder
well shit you get the idea

the office

bench #2

bench #1

job list 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

high time

I got off my lazy ass and clean up the shoppe and get this ball rolling again

tomorrow I'll post before and after shots of the shoppe
it's a fuggin' mess

Friday, October 1, 2010


yes this fly is floating


I'm gonna try to get a brighter shot of this...