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I have recently purchased a new blank. Just started to build a sage 3106L. Wanted to do some different more "custom" stuff so i opted to use a "skeleton" reel seat where the barrel is actually cork that i shape down to correct size. This seat really allows my hand to sit purely on cork and avoid having my hand resting on the seat/threads like my current set up. I also wanted the handle to look significantly different than anything else on the flow. In order to do this, i have incorporated burl rings that i have put in there off-axis to give it an alternate look.

Here is my progress thus far:

My self built power wrapper,
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Glue up of the lower part of the handle,
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Almost finished product of the reel seat and lower part of the handle,

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Glue up of the upper handle,

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More to come...
 

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as promised, here is a little bit more progress. i have completed the handle and begun to wrap the guides. I almost have the butt section finished and here is an example of the wraps i am doing.
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It is actually a skeleton reel seat. The barrel is made of cork rings that i have essentially glued to the blank and then shaped down to the proper size. There is a hood under the upper part of the handle that the reel fits into.
 

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the desk and drawer set was also built by myself. i made it originally for fly tying, hence why it is much taller than a standard table so i can sit on a stool and have the vice, or in this case lathe, at eye level.
 

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bro that is a SICK rod!!!! do you have a background in doing this? I would love to build my own one of these days as a project.
 

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ummmm built a couple of rods...no real background. one day i decided to do it so i built some basic jigs then went at it with the help of my local tackle shop, Highwater Tackle.
 

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The 3106 LB with a good CP is my all-time favourite drift rod. I built mine with a "W" fitting and the reel seat sports my Milner Talisman. Nothing more enjoyable to fish with or fight fish with.

That is a top notch build fishey. A collectors piece to hand down through the generations. Beautiful.
 
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