Leif sent along a large album of photographs showing his recent net work and I picked out a few favorites to share in this T.F.M. post. It's always neat to see inside the shop where all the work gets done.
Leif wrote... "I try my best to source the wood locally from near here where I grew up in the Finger Lakes Region. A friend from high school is a Forrester here and mills the wood for me to rough sawn lumber. I then plane them to width and cut them into strips for bending. I can generally get away with soaking the strips to get them to bend but I have a DIY steam tube consisting of a Coleman camp stove, a large pot, some rubber hose and a large PVC pipe for steaming thicker strips.
The handles are all cut into roughly the shape I need and then fine tuned with a spindle sander. From there they go into the bending jig and are glued one strip at a time, clamped up and allowed to dry (four times on average). All this is the easy part. The shaping and finishing consists of hand planing, rounding the edges of the hoop and handle, adding the recessed slot for the net bag, drilling the holes for the net bag, and hand sanding four times down to 400 grit. The actual finishes vary slightly from Spar Varnish to hand rubbed oil sometimes up to 10-12 coats before the net is done."
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