Custom Landing Nets: Where Form & Function Meet with Sam Lacina May 14-15, 2022
This class will start with a quick overview of the various methods for constructing landing nets as well as design considerations. On the first day, students will be shown quick and easy methods for developing a custom design. Participants will build their gluing form and handle inset. Sam will do a quick demo on preparing the wood strips and warm water bending. Each student will have a chance to bend sample lamination strips. After a discussion of clamping systems and a demonstration of the gluing method, all students will glue their own net frame. During the class Sam will discuss decorating and finishing techniques. On the second day, students will remove the net frame from the form and begin the sanding and machining process to produce the base frame. Each student will shape their handle to a personally pleasing contour before starting the final sanding and detailing. After a discussion of net bag attachment techniques, the students will be guided in the steps to complete their net. Along the way there should be time to discuss fishing, flies, and life.