Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Restoration

I do a lot of restoration.  I can take a salt encrusted reel like this


and disassemble it,




do my thang...
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and wahla!

Sometimes, this involves the dreaded wire brush...DUM DUM DUM DUMMMMM!

          Why so dramatic?  As soon as the infamous brush is pulled out, you can count on a splinter.  A splinter made of stainless steel or brass,depending on which you have to use.  Imagine if you will, little splinters of metal being thrown around the room all willy-nilly.   I protect my eyes but, even wearing an apron, I still end up with metal slivers in my clothes, including the bra *can you say ouch?*.  Invariably, I end up with a splinter in the foot because it was missed during clean-up.*Today, I got one in the top of my hand.*
I hate using it because of this.  Unfortunately, it is the best tool for the job. 
I am very grateful that I don't have to use it often.

Restoring Rods are, more often than not, easier to do.  
More time consuming, though.  
Take this rod...
it's a 9 foot long Calcutta Cane Blue Water Rod


This was the first time I actually had my hands on one.  My customer wanted to completely redo it for his Dad.   He chose a black twine handle and black/metallic gold twist thread.
   
Stripped rod


Old varnish removed and buffed within an inch of it's life


  After I cleaned it up I wrapped the handle in black twine
Wrapped base
            I was stuck here at this step because I had a thread issue.  The company that produced that particular thread went out of business.  I won't bore you with the details of the 45 day process of finding a thread that matched.  Let's just say there was much frustration and be done with it.  I ended up with a smaller diameter thread that worked out wonderfully.

wrapped guides with black trim band

Finished product.
 This was actually more than a restoration.  
He was very pleased when he finally picked it up.  
More than pleased, he "loved" it.  

"Love" is not a word I hear here at the shop. LOL  
"It looks great!", "awesome!", or "It looks brand new!" yes...but never, "love it!".  I guess it's not manly?

3 comments:

  1. Hoe much would a piece like this one cost. As a final product immaculate?

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