Friday, June 21, 2013

Snowman's James Green Switch Build

When Zeb Tonkavich of Snowman Custom Rod Works hasn't been toiling over the Epic 990 build, he's been putting the finishing touches on several other builds including this James Green 9'6" switch blank build for Dave Henry of

This is a beautiful build and really showcases Zeb's talent for putting all the pieces together part by part as well as the little things like the matching cloth rod bag and then finishes it all off with the engraved rod tube cap with Dave's logo.  Fine work.

Zeb wrote...  "These are the photos for Dave Henry's James Green 9'6" switch rod.  Dave is a guide for ultimate guide in BC and also runs a two handed specific blog called

The rod itself is Struble nickel silver seat with a spalted and curled silver maple.  The handles are composed of silver maple, smoke burl, burnt burl, and two types of rubberized.  The dual Struble light amber agate stripping guides were used along with Snake Brand universal guide.  Everything is wrapped in with YLI daffodil, Pearsall straw and amber.  Mild golden pheasant tippet inlays were used as witness marks and also some in the signature pane as well.

Rod was balanced at 6.8 to 7.3 ounces my utilizing the seat as an uplocking.  Graduated thickness epoxy finish and tipping stepping down out thru the tip finished this build off."

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