The story...

 

     J. Elia contacted IRC in late 2009 with a need for a 13' float rod.  After a short discussion via email, it was decided that the Batson IST1562F would be a perfect fit for the waters and fish he encounters when centre-pin angling in Ontario, Canada.  We debated back and forth on components and agreed to a build that involved extensive use of Batson Enterprises' components and hardware.  Mr. Elia expressed a desire to maintain a green accent theme by way of thread wraps and metallic trim banding.  I stepped it up a notch by way of intricate cork work and a reel seat/winding check upgrade.  I know he'll be happy with the finished product.

 

 

Build Specifications:

Blank:  Batson Enterprises XST1562F Float Rod

Reelseat:  Batson RA8L2 Shiney Gunsmoke

Stripper Guides:  Batson Alps XY

Running Guides:  Batson Alps XY

Guide Wraps:  Gudebrod Green Nylon

Ferrule Wraps: Gudebrod Charcoal Nylon

Winding Check:  Custom Acrylic

Hookkeeper:  Large Bent Wire

Decals:  Decal Connection "Infinite Domination, Rod Specifications"

Cork: Custom Natural, Green Burl, Burnt and Rubberized Burl

F.Butt: Custom Rubberized Burl

Special Inclusions:  Use of the acrylic for the reelseat and winding check along with an engraved buttcap.

The Photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build Review:

 

I'm becoming increasingly comfortable using acrylic and incorporating it into builds where it is tasteful and decorative.  Although the turning process takes a bit more practice, patience and time...I like the end results as do my clients.  The purchase of the cork jig has allow many cool and creative options when in comes to custom cork handles.  I'm trying my best to be as unique as possible and gravitate to options beyond the standard checker board patterns.  In this build, you can see the neat inlays that I came up with using multiple colors and arrangements with the cut pieces of cork.  This rod took much in the way of planning and vision from both the client and myself...but it was definitely worth it in the end!

 

With this rod, the adventure ends, but another awaits my attention....

 

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