This morning I walked down into my basement with a load of wash in my hands. I carefully rounded the corner, noticing the bamboo blank currently in the saddle waiting to be wrapped. It was a little too close for comfort. I stepped over a box filled with thread and in-between the fly tying desk and epoxy/varnish/finishing desk, taking note that there isn’t currently a rod drying. Dust, ya know.
I’m not normally a graceful or agile person, more clumsy and hurried, but in the basement, there’s a need for considered steps. It’s in the best interest of our relationship.
When I receive an order for a rod bag from a new builder, I think about where they build. Is it a building? A spare bedroom? Maybe they use a basement, too? Perhaps a garage? A combination? I wonder how many hours they've put into this rod. If this is a first-time build or the 100th. And finally, where will this rod end up?
I'm just making a vessel to store this tool in, but I hope that it serves the rod well, not taking away from the build, but adding to it.
There's something about everything coming together, all these uniquely different 'made' things, fitting together in one concise package.
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