As promised last week, I’m posting some photos of the 2002 Basser magazine issue (No.123) I got hands on. It still feels surreal and I’m so honored that I was able to meet Fujita San in person. He’s not only an amazingly talented and creative mind, but also a truly charismatic person with a friendly and heart-warming character.
While taking the photos of this already eleven-year-old print magazine, some vibrant memories came back to life and the awe-inspiring atmosphere of the Budd & Joey workshop was almost tangible again. I could even feel the 40°C insight the hall and the crazy humidity we experienced that day. :)
Most of the tools and machines in the workshop seemed to be some decades old but where in great condition. The whole setup ranging from sawing machines, a huge lathe up to advanced drill stands was just impressive. I would love to have at least some of these tools available for my lure building experiments from time to time. On the other hand, I somehow enjoy the pain of hand-carving and the simplicity of creating and shaping everything with my own hands. :) More details about lure designs that I’m currently working on, to follow in one of my next posts.
For now you have to make do with some mouth-watering magazine shots featuring “Hiroyuki Fujita’s New World”. Enjoy!
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