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the Ghost tamo

PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:57 pm
by Stephen McGowen
The Ghost tamo ! Deer antler handle, brass rod hoop and a Brodin ghost net bag. The net bag really compliments the antler. Looks like a unit.
The tether uses an antler section as a netsuke to keep the line from slipping through your obi......errr, wading belt.
It is interesting to play with the "round net idea" rather than copy the Japanese artisans. An homage...not a replica.

Re: the Ghost tamo

PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:36 pm
by wrknapp
Nicely done, Stephen. Where did you get the rim? I like the tether idea.

Randy

Re: the Ghost tamo

PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:30 pm
by Stephen McGowen
wrknapp...Thank you for your kind words. I bent the hoop from 3/16' hard brass rod. Many tamos are 27 cm in diameter and I bent it to that size. Coincidentally , the small Brodin Ghost net is a good fit.
These antler / metal hoop tamos are very strong and slightly heavy but the weight feels good in your hand. A serious tool........for small fish!
Are you planning on making a tamo?

Re: the Ghost tamo

PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:07 pm
by Daniel @ Tenkara USA
That's beautiful Stephen. Well done, and in a category of its own.
The brodin mesh sounds like a good option, but I'm afraid they may be a bit too heavy on pure wood nets. I have to look at my frames later and see if it's a good option.

Re: the Ghost tamo

PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:46 pm
by rsetina
I'm very impressed Stephen. Your net is beautiful and the antler really gives it a wonderful touch of, the only word I can think of is, elegance. Really outstanding work. Can you post a close up of the handle and brass rod connection? If it's not a trade secret of course. ;)

Re: the Ghost tamo

PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:16 am
by Stephen McGowen
Hi Rick...it is pretty simple . I bent the hoop and then took a half inch out of the circumference as I didn't want a hole all the way through the antler. Drilled holes in the antler and epoxied the hoop in and set the angle I wanted. I filed some slots into the ends of the hoop that would be in the handle so that the epoxy would "grab" the ends and resist future torque and pulling out. When dry I drilled 1/16" holes through the antler and the rod and set stainless steel pins made from a bicycle spoke. Simple , no secrets. The epoxy might be enough on its own...I put the pins in for insurance down the road.

Re: the Ghost tamo

PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:29 am
by rsetina
Stephen McGowen wrote:Hi Rick...it is pretty simple . I bent the hoop and then took a half inch out of the circumference as I didn't want a hole all the way through the antler. Drilled holes in the antler and epoxied the hoop in and set the angle I wanted. I filed some slots into the ends of the hoop that would be in the handle so that the epoxy would "grab" the ends and resist future torque and pulling out. When dry I drilled 1/16" holes through the antler and the rod and set stainless steel pins made from a bicycle spoke. Simple , no secrets. The epoxy might be enough on its own...I put the pins in for insurance down the road.


Thanks for the info Stephen. Sounds like it will last for a good long time. Good idea using pins too.

Re: the Ghost tamo

PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:32 am
by Stephen McGowen
Hi again Rick...I forgot two things. One was to thank you for your kind words of praise. Second was about further pics to post. I am a dinosaur in cyber world. I don't have a digital camera. Posting the pic of the Ghost tamo last night was the work of two friends on another computer. Sorry...something about old dogs and new tricks comes to mind.
Again...thank you.

Re: the Ghost tamo

PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:11 am
by Stephen McGowen
This tamo is offered for sale in the marketplace section of this blog.