I started into christmas holidays earlier than usual, happy to find some time to continue my lure building projects. I would like to make more progress with my experiments and testing, but since I’m still doing woodworking and carving completely by hand, things take a long while to get finished.
Sometimes I’m thinking about buying second-hand tools like a lathe, a proper drill stand or even a basic airbrush setup to take my efforts to the next level, but I just can’t justify spending all that money without even having a proper workshop or enough time to focus on this “hobby”. Anyways…
Earlier this month, I reworked the last version of my little pencil (still have no final name for it) on paper. I started with updating body dimensions and shape lines based on the field testing I did this summer and of course following the flattering feedback I got from friends during my stay in Japan. Something that I heard quite often, was that people don’t expect the long darting action that you can easily combine with short turn-by-turn movement when they see the almost crank-bait-like shape. Of course, there no lip and the body shape is much slimmer than – let’s say a Balsa 50, but one would definitely not file it under the pencil category.
In next steps, I will do more experiments with moving used balance weights, to see if there’s more room for improvement when it comes to movement and action. I also got hands on another material I would love to try out. Ayous or Abachi (lat. Triplochiton scleroxylon), also known as African whitewood is a tropical tree of Africa. It’s similar to Balsa but has a higher density while still being easy to work with. It’s a quite tough find here in Germany, but I finally got hands on it after browsing some model making supply shops online.
As I found out, the wood is often used by musical instrument makers. Fender Japan has produced some limited edition guitars using this timber. I really like the structure of the wood grain, which will look perfect – coated with a natural word pattern and some additional accenting highlights.
Think it’s time for some extensive carving sessions under the christmas tree! More soon…
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