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#1 Post by RIHMFIRE » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:07 pm

I need a new hobby...
Something that is not gun, related...and not to expensive...
Maybe something that I can turn into $$$$...
Thought about making fly rods....
What are your hobbies?
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#2 Post by Chuck 100 yd » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:14 pm

All of my hobbies are gun related ,from reloading and bullet casting to making pistol grips and holsters.

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#3 Post by 7.62 Precision » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:27 pm

I used to carve a lot.

Photography, as amateur as you can get.

Fishing, but a lot of that is as much or more about subsistence.

Used to be flat fender Willys Jeeps, but I lost track of my last one when I got deployed and can't find out where it is now.

Bit of a rockhound.

Other than that, mostly gun related.

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#4 Post by Old Ironsights » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:39 pm

None anymore.

I used to cast bullets, shoot, do Martial Arts, and occasionally go hunting.

But that was when regularly employed.

I have been "irregularly employed" since about 2009. I no longer have "hobbies" but occasional events granted me by chance, fortune or having nothing else to do (abject unemployment).

Maybe someday I will be able to start re-using the accumulated stuff that make up the "hardware" of my "hobb(ies)".
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#5 Post by AJMD429 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:51 pm

Kinda like OI's answer, but when times have permitted, I've enjoyed:

Bird Watching, Wildflower Photography, Gardening, and Woodworking.

I keep coming back to firearms though, because some aspect of the hobby can be done at any time of year, and can usually be done in small snippets independent of any bigger plan.
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#6 Post by Booger Bill » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:30 am

ATV or now riding our RZR. I also have a airplane but must sell it. Those hobby's are far from cheap! Don't know how to make a dime with them either. Riding and exploring new trails beats everything else put together for me. Years ago it was motorcycles but my wife and I together are too jammed up for the largest motorcycles now.

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#7 Post by Shasta » Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:49 am

Aside from metallic silhouette shooting and reloading, my non-gun hobby is car shows with my fully restored 1955 Chevrolet Nomad:

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Unfortunately, messing with classic/collector vehicles will definitely fail your "not too expensive" requirement! It is a rare individual who can profit from a hobby.
The tag line used by Griff says "There is a fine line between hobby and obsession...

I will heartily agree with that! :lol:

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#8 Post by Blaine » Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:21 am

I really liked (past tense) rowing my drift boat, but nobody is around that wants to go.....I need to get a hitch on the Jeep, and start digging up a drift boat buddy....

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#9 Post by Dan 444 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:13 am

Shasta wrote:Aside from metallic silhouette shooting and reloading, my non-gun hobby is car shows with my fully restored 1955 Chevrolet Nomad:

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Unfortunately, messing with classic/collector vehicles will definitely fail your "not too expensive" requirement! It is a rare individual who can profit from a hobby.
The tag line used by Griff says "There is a fine line between hobby and obsession...

I will heartily agree with that! :lol:

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#10 Post by jhrosier » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:49 am

I took up nature photography for a few years.
It met my need to forget about work and worries.

I started with a very basic camera and later upgraded it to one with more features and capability as the digital cameras evolved. I think that my current camera cost about $500 new.

My job & needs have changed in the last few years and I've been much less active in photography.

I have thought about woodworking as a retirement hobby and possible source of income.
Lawn ornaments or whirly-gigs might be interesting and fun.

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#11 Post by Rusty » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:52 am

I've been thinking about getting into digital photography. Mainly pictures of wildlife. There are magazines that are always looking for stock photos if you want to try to make a little jingle from it.
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#12 Post by TedH » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:26 am

I haven't been doing anything except shooting, casting, reloading for the last few years. I used to fly RC planes quite a bit. Like most other hobbies, you can spend a little to get started, or a lot to go big. After we get in our new place I plan on getting back into it since I won't have to belong to the club to have a place to fly, I can have my own runway. But I sold off all but one of my nitro planes, and one electric plane.
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#13 Post by Bill in Oregon » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:07 am

I like to fool with blacksmithing small items. I fish and tie flies. I like to do paleo stuff: make atlatls and darts, bows and "arras" and even have tried my hand at making arrowheads with our abundant Oregon obsidian, with unimpressive result. Do a bit of leatherwork from time to time. Make the odd powderhorn. Bought a small metal lathe and hope to build small steam engines at some point.
Truth be told, my main hobby the past couple of years seems to be sitting in front of my computer, reading threads like this and gradually losing more core strength and muscle tone.

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#14 Post by TedH » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:09 am

Bill in Oregon wrote: Bought a small metal lathe and hope to build small steam engines at some point.

Now that would be cool!
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#15 Post by superchicken » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:22 am

RIHMFIRE wrote:I need a new hobby...
Something that is not gun, related...and not to expensive...
Maybe something that I can turn into $$$$...
Thought about making fly rods....
What are your hobbies?
A hobby you make money from is called a job, which can often transform into a soul-sucking experience. I try to maintain my hobbies as a soul-restoring experience.

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#16 Post by alnitak » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:37 am

superchicken wrote: A hobby you make money from is called a job, which can often transform into a soul-sucking experience. I try to maintain my hobbies as a soul-restoring experience.
Hear, hear! I agree with this!

My wife would say I have too many hobbies...and wish I would put that energy into other "priorities". She's probably right. However, I do enjoy playing music (guitar, piano), fishing (and have built rods and tie flies), photography (http://www.wbjphotography.com/), golf (at my age. 'bout the only sport left anymore), chess, astronomy, computer games/xbox, reading (esp. non-fiction science stuff), coaching sports (though less now that the kids are grown), ...and of course, shooting/reloading.
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#17 Post by BrentD » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:38 am

superchicken wrote:
RIHMFIRE wrote:I need a new hobby...
Something that is not gun, related...and not to expensive...
Maybe something that I can turn into $$$$...
Thought about making fly rods....
What are your hobbies?
A hobby you make money from is called a job, which can often transform into a soul-sucking experience. I try to maintain my hobbies as a soul-restoring experience.
Spot on.

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#18 Post by Griff » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:07 am

Photography & writing. Both of which I've been paid for, neither of which am I more'n an amateur! Used to be heavily into hotroddin'... Ain't turned a wrench on either of my projects in over 5 years... My '55 sedan ain't been outta the storage locker in over 10... sittin' on block, tires deflated, fluids all drained... Trying to save the bucks for a crate ZZ383 for the Camaro... One of these days...
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#19 Post by soon 2 retire » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:43 am

I worked with a guy who broke both of his legs and was off work for a long time. His wife got tired of him just watching TV and bothering her so she bought him an entry level fly tying kit. He had never fished in his life. He kept working at it and upgrading his tools and he got real good. His flys are like works of art (which he sells to anglers and collectors) and he teaches classes. Top of the line tools can't total much over $1000 if that.

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#20 Post by BigSky56 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:49 am

Get you a metal detector lot of coins and rings out there if your on the beach never know what you might find. danny

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#21 Post by sore shoulder » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:54 am

I started cycling a few years ago. Since then I've bought a nice road bike and ride in 100 mile race/fun events around Colorado. I do a lot of riding over a 10,000 pass near me (10 miles away) and put around 100 miles a week on a bike. I'm planning to enter a couple short triathlons this year with the goal to do a half ironman type event in the future. The cycling has really improved my overall fitness level and improved my 2 mile run times dramatically.

I've also been looking in to making a forge and doing some amateur large knife/small sword/utility blade making from leaf springs.

And a future planned hobby is sailing. I'm going to sell my last Jeep this year and buy a small trailerable sailboat this year hopefully.
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#22 Post by soon 2 retire » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:57 am

Rhimfire,

You mentioned flyrod making as a possibility. There are classes all over the US for building split bamboo fly rods. I figure if a guy can make a split bamboo flyrod then making any other type of rod ought to be a snap.


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#23 Post by Grizz » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:20 pm

forging hot steel is therapeutic. steel is a foundation of civilization, and blacksmithing is the core cause of technology. so it's a tie to the distant past, it's cheap to get into. a hammer. an anvil. in africa the anvil and hammer were often rocks. a fire and air supply. some kind of tongs. bingo, you are good to go.

the metalurgy is endlessly fascinating, but you don't have to actually know anything about it to make useful articles and items by moving plastic steel about. you can learn by doing, and you can learn from the masters on u2oobuniversity. heat treating to a useful degree is not difficult, has a learning curve which you climb with practice.

charcoal is the fuel of choice, not the briquet bbq type. a forge can be a hole in the ground with air piped into it. an anvil can be almost any piece of steel. hammers are a buck or two at flea markets. some files help. an angle grinder, while not necessary, can speed up certain phases. a propane forge is cheap enough to build for small stuff. mine will heat one inch round bar to forging heat.

it's perfect for the paleo things because they have been made from metal for thousands of years. instant connection to your five thousand year old gene pool. :D

you can set a grill over a charcoal fire died down to tempering heat, and cook up some protein and heat up the soup and coffee at the same time. not much else gets me out of the house for hours at a time unless it's driving the ammo up to the multiuse recreational national forest. and if fire is permitted you could do some smithing there. the echoes would be wonderful.

there is something good about sitting around a hot fire outside, contemplating which hammer will best move the metal in the next phase, thinking about how it will all work out in the end. it moves some basic instincts, maybe that's the connection I get.

solves gifting problems as well . . .

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#24 Post by Merle » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:24 pm

Old Ironsights wrote:None anymore.

I used to cast bullets, shoot, do Martial Arts, and occasionally go hunting.

But that was when regularly employed.

I have been "irregularly employed" since about 2009. I no longer have "hobbies" but occasional events granted me by chance, fortune or having nothing else to do (abject unemployment).

Maybe someday I will be able to start re-using the accumulated stuff that make up the "hardware" of my "hobb(ies)".


Pretty much the same for me, but now all I do is shoot postal matches.... :wink:
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#25 Post by jkbrea » Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:16 pm

I love my Harley. Now that I'm retired I want to go on longer rides. Also like taking my 5th wheel up in the Sierras and trout fish. In the fall and winter I chase elk in Wyoming. I can't wait to start taking the grandkids camping and fishing.

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#26 Post by Streetstar » Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:59 pm

Racing off road motorcycles and motocross --- those are the main focus -- but i also engage in a myriad of activities to prepare myself for that -- (weight training, cycling, and rowing, i try to mix up the methods so i dont get bored) -- It gives me a full dance card.

Sometimes the training takes on a life of its own, and i will concentrate on cycling for a few months and not even touch the motorcycles (i am looking forward to a cycling trip to Moab, UT in the next couple of months ) -- weight workouts are a bothersome chore but must be done somewhat regularly

I have a small collection of radio control cars that would fall into the category of "pure hobby" though and not tremendously expensive --- i have meant to tune those up and hit an R/C car track , but many times, if its nice enough outside to be running RC cars, - i could be riding my bikes , motorized or non motorized -- so they have been gathering dust
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#27 Post by Ben_Rumson » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:04 pm

She's wasting away in storage...
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#28 Post by Larkbill » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:09 pm

Old outboards. Cheap and don't take up much room compared to a hobby car or two.

Couple of downsides.

1. Just like cars, you won't get much more than 1/2 of what you spend restoring one back if you sell it. I stick to survivors, and getting them running. Still likely to lose money but not so much and you can always use them to go fishing.

2. The boats you end up "needing" take up as much space as hobby cars.

3. They multiply like rabbits once folks find out you like 'em.
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#29 Post by M. M. Wright » Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:18 pm

Dang Ben, that's a beauty. You need to get that out and ride it. The Harley I have running is a 66 FLH but much customized.

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#30 Post by Ben_Rumson » Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:52 pm

Sheesh! Definitely not your stock 66 Electra Glide! Disc brakes too! Well done 8)
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#31 Post by 765x53 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:12 pm

I make the occasional holster that I sell on ebay.
It keeps a balance in my PayPal account for the occasional purchase and I enjoy the idea of having my maker stamp scattered across the country and so far Canada, France, and Poland.

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#32 Post by t.r. » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:26 pm

My wife and I have been flipping houses for nearly 20 years. Quite profitable. I'm not spending a lot on out of state hunts although there is that. Mostly we have been stacking up money for retirement. Planning to retire to Florida and hunt axis deer and wild hogs.

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#33 Post by Blaine » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:33 pm

I have a Harley Low Rider, and a Cow-a-Sucki 900 :lol: Not hobbies, but just facts of life when the weather is fair to decent.....
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#34 Post by Merle » Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:20 pm

Ben_Rumson wrote:She's wasting away in storage...


A flathead!!!! What year is it? :o
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#35 Post by gundownunder » Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:21 pm

I work full time. Add to that shooting, casting, and reloading and my time is pretty much used up.
Beside my computer I have a 5ft fish tank with a bunch of Rift Lake cichlids in it which I am starting to breed successfully.
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#36 Post by BrentD » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:19 pm

I don't really call this a hobby, but I don't know what else it would be - anyway, I raise bees. Mostly because I like their cool biology, and also because where else can I get a quarter of a million females working 24/7 for me?

Anyway, pollenation services and QUALITY honey are in high demand. So, there can be good money it and I used to sell some of my honey -mostly for fun and braggin' rights. I probably should have declared myself an ag business and a farm and applied for tons of subsidies and all that, but I didn't. I just like having them.

Anyway, you can raise bees almost anywhere. They are pretty fun to watch and work with. Of course my bees and I have a sort of "edgy" relationship so that adds a little bit of mystique to it too.

Anyhow, I good "hobby" that could net you a few dollars and get you to make some new friends at organic grocers, restaurateurs, community-supported agriculture associations, or farmers markets if you wish.

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#37 Post by Mainehunter » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:24 pm

I'm getting back into casting bullets.

I also have a CJ6 that's been siting in my garage for three years needing attention! BUT........

Looks like things are changing at work enough that I'm seriously thinking going on my own! :shock: It's been a looooonnnngggg time coming and if that happens most likely it will, I see myself not doing any fun stuff for awhile :|

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#38 Post by Rube Burrows » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:07 pm

When not doing fun related things Im either building our 65 Chevy Truck or doing photography stuff. I also like coin collecting.

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#39 Post by wm » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:13 pm

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#40 Post by plowboy 45 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:16 pm

Ben_Rumson wrote:She's wasting away in storage...

Ben, I could do a little magic, an turn er into an 06 Roadking for ya

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#41 Post by superchicken » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:22 pm

Brent's got a cool hobby with his bees, but it'd be tough to pull off out here in the cotton desert. These cotton farmers believe the only good bug is a dead bug. Since we moved out here I can't even get stuff to pollinate without getting into a little 'poke and tickle' with a brush. It just made me feel dirty and you can buy a lot of veggies for a $200+ per month water bill, so I gave up gardening. I guess I ain't a farmer.

Back when I was in the field a lot, many of my hobbies were shop related. I built primitive bows, flint knapped, did a fair bit of blacksmithing, and built a few muzzleloaders. Nowadays I have a lot less field time so my priorities have changed. I spend my time outside training and working my bird dog, hunting, camping with my family, hiking, shooting longbows, etc. My daughter is currently smitten with shooting longbows and it's something we can do together in the backyard. Oh, and I am the world's worst fisherman. Just don't have the patience for it. I'd rather swim or paddle than drown a worm.

I don't know what it is about money and hobbies. Any time income comes into the equation, I start to lose interest quickly and think about going back to my real job. The idea of selling something I made brought out the worst in me. I knew every bump or wart on the project and nothing was ever good enough. If I made it for myself or gave it away to friends or family, all those bumps and warts just became character. I am highly unlikely to ever become gainfully self employed as a craftsman of anything, and I have come to terms with that.

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Re: What kind of hobbies do you guys have?

#42 Post by Sixgun » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:45 pm

Guns...guns...guns...reloading.....casting....working on guns........competing with guns...hunting with guns..........wheeling and dealing guns.........

If you do it right and spend 90% of your time doing it, you might be 10% accomplished when you die.

Like John Taffin, it's the 4 f-s.......family, friends, faith, firearms......but I change that around a bit...


With me, it's family, screw so called friends, faith in a higher power, and firearms........

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Re: What kind of hobbies do you guys have?

#43 Post by BrentD » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:53 pm

I don't know which cotton desert you are in, Superchick, but you are right about Big Ag wanting to kill all things not crop. That way we are ever more beholden to Chem Ag for solutions. But most places have orchards somewhere or other. If there are any round you, a good orchardist might be interested in donating you some space for a few hives.

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#44 Post by ollogger » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:28 pm

All gun related from casting to making it go boom, after a winter of howling wind & before
the grass grows I go looking for Indian rocks or see what I can turn up with a metal detector
always say I may go fishing but never get there



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#45 Post by DadsMod12 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:35 pm

I retired from public education a year and a half ago. Thought I was going to have time get back to the hobby that helped pay for my college -lapidary. Didn't happen. Got a chance to teach at a local university and our oldest daughter's husband walked out on her. Now I spend my spare time and money fixing up the daughter's civil war era house.

If you want a hobby that makes money I have a friend who does odd jobs for friends - painting, easy plumbing and electrical. He works when he wants and shoots the rest of the time.

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#46 Post by perry owens » Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:07 am

When I retired I set up a home workshop. I make all the steel targets for my CAS club plus gun parts and reloading accessories. Just now I am working on a small pulse jet for a pushbike and a Dalek for my grandson.
I promised the wife the workshop would be self-funding so when I need a new machine I make a batch of these stainless steel roses and sell them at craft fairs.
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#47 Post by BenT » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:51 am

I bought a metal bender from Harbor freight. The kind that you can take round or flat stock and make scrolls . I made up some trellis's for my wive's garden and then other people wanted them. It was creative and relaxing. A bender and a welder is all you need. I made a 6 X 6 foot gazebo for the wife for all her plants to grow on. The pieces don't have to be big, even basic garden art. Black rustoleum rattle can paint and your good.

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#48 Post by rjohns94 » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:43 am

I have many:
Hunting,Fishing, sailing, motor boating, motorcycles, archery, hiking, biking, survival skills, shooting, astronomy, digital photography,reading. I tie flies, make lures, cast bullets, reload, and care for my mule. I garden for food. I trap, skin and sell furs, but not as much as I use to. I travel and in my spare time, I haul items for people from pets to boats, vehicles, etc, which earns an extra income.
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#49 Post by Griff » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:21 am

Ben_Rumson wrote:She's wasting away in storage...
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#50 Post by bdhold » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:55 am

a whole bunch of hobby businesses have grown up finishing fiberglass fly rods
the blanks are made made by relatively small enterprises, as well
http://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum/v ... m.php?f=36

a good friend into RC boats began building an outboard drive foot that took off, with trim even.

can you think of a tool every levergunner or reloader needs and don't know it yet?

back to fly rods, I don't know any bamboo rodmaker selling $1000 rods who works for anything approaching minimum wage, but they do love the work
http://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum/v ... m.php?f=36
a subforum of these guys are building conventional-styled fly reels
http://classicflyrodforum.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=93

a commercial rod site to get some ideas
http://www.goldenwitch.com/about.html

Another friend built a good business proving a workshop and supplies for people to wrap and finish their own rods from blanks - the business started in his shed, over the years grew up to include a retail fly shop and retail gun shop, then grew back down in size, is now back in his residence, and he's totally happy with it

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