Hello from Scotland
I decided to make a Tenkara inspired net, and im still in the process. Whilst i dont fish with Tenkara style i do river fish mostly with 3 wt rods. I've always liked making things and utilizing natural materials the main reason a Tenkara stlye net really appeals to me.
Im hoping with a bit of guidance from the more experinced here i will complete my project.Wood ?
Whilst out for a walk the other day and quite by chance i spotted a small Holly tree that looked "ideal" (to my untrained eye) So i decided to start with this...........
Basic form cut from a Holly tree and simply tied with twine to help it form the rough shape
I was pretty happy with the basic shape although i wasnt to sure about the angle of the hoop to the handle ?? But after searching the web for Kenkara nets ive seen others with such angles so im happy enough.
Now i stripped the bark off.........................
Holly is pretty slow growing, not as slow as oak but slower than pine a nice light coloured wood with a fine grain.
So far so good i think ............? Now im not too sure who to form the nice round hoop ? I dont fancy making a plywood jig seems alot more work and i like to follow the KISS principle i.e KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID
Ive been trying to find a wire wok stand but i can only find sheet metal sheet, and none of my plant pots sem the right size !
To date ive simple tied it in rough shape with twine, im assuming i can steam the hoop later to a near perfect circle ? Should this be done after or before making the scarf joint
Now i made my first mistake .............
instead of leaving the handle long untill its well dried i cut the handle shorter to make matters worse i left it on the kitchen table during the hottest day we've had for far this year ! The rapid dying in the sun caused the blooming handle to split !
Im really, really annoyed with myself ! I should have known better.
I shortened the handle to 13" cut on an angle
Here you can see the result of letting it bake in the sun
Im still really annoyed !
However i figure its salvageable and after all its my MK1 so alot to learn and probably more mistakes to make. Well thats as far as ive got to date.
How long should the wood be allowed to dry / season before the scarf joint
Its only been a week since i started this little project, over the last few days ive been looking for more wood suitable for the purpose. Im having real trouble finding another bt of wood the right shape ! Now i think i was pretty lucky to find the first one without really trying.
Been looking at Ash, Alder, Sycamore, Birch, Rowan, Hawthorn, i had high hopes for Ash but its proved pretty impossible to find ! Reckon i will need to seek out more holly, we do have lots of pine but i think i prefer harder woods.
Any input most welcome