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The National Rod Builders Show

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The National Rod Builders Show

February 26 & 27, 2005

Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC

 

"The World's Largest Custom Rod Building Event!"

 

Surf, Boat, Fly, Spinning, Trolling, Casting, More...

 

Admission fee is just $12 for one day, or $20 for both days. There is no charge for the Saturday evening social gathering if you have a show admission ticket. Door prizes will be awarded, but there is nothing to buy nor any fee required to enter.

 

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VENDORS:

 

All Star Composites

American Tackle

Batson Enterprises

Bingham Enterprises

Classic Custom Wood

Decal Connection

Donart Rods and Components

Dr. William Hanneman

Fish Sticks 4U

Flex Coat Company

Kens Custom Rods

Lamar Manufacturing

Mickel's Custom Rods

Mud Hole Custom Tackle

Renzetti, Inc.

RodMaker Magazine

Schnieders Rod Shop

Shakespeare

Trondak U40

Visual Wrap

 

Following are vendors who have told me that they may have booth space at the show, but who have not yet made an actual committment at this time.

 

Custom Tackle Supply

G. Loomis, Inc

Gudebrod

St. Croix

 

(Just as an example of the amount of product that will be on hand - there will be over 4,000 rods blanks there, surf, fly, spinning, casting, trollling, etc.)

 

 

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SEMINARS AND DEMONSTRATIONS

(Upstairs in Seminar Rooms)

 

Saturday

 

10:00 AM "¢ Basic Rod Building by Jim Upton - This in-depth overview of the rod building process is sure to delight and educate anyone interested in building their first custom rod. Jim will spotlight the process, highlighting each step required to take a blank and handful of components and turn them into a better performing rod that anything you can buy off the shelf. Handy hints on required materials and tools as well!

 

 

10:00 AM "¢ Rod Repair by Ralph O'Quinn - With the proper expertise, almost any damage can be rectified and your favorite rod put back into action with no loss in performance. Master repairman Ralph O'Quinn will demonstrate the proper procedures for fixing nearly any type of rod breakage or damage. A must see.

 

 

11:00 AM "¢ The Custom Saltwater Rod by Ken Preston - The saltwater environment and the fish that live there require rods that are built to withstand the most demanding conditions. Long time builder Ken Preston will explain the particulars along with how to build the type rods than can handle the largest fish, year after year. Expect special techniques for surf and stand-up rods.

 

 

11:00 AM "¢ The Hanneman Common Cents System by Dr. William Hanneman - The Common Cents System is the first objective and relative system for measuring fly rod action and power. The inventor himself, Dr. Hanneman, will fully explain his system and show you how to use it to make your fly fishing and rod building experience that much better.

 

 

1:00 PM "¢ Wood Turning for the Rod Builder by Andy Dear - Being able to turn and shape your own cork and EVA grips or wood or exotic reel seats and handles will only expand your custom rod building experience. Andy Dear will explain how to select the best lathe and tools as well as how to use them once you get them. This is one seminar you don't want to miss.

 

 

1:00 PM "¢ Thread Weaving by Jim Upton - A complete introductory course on decorative thread weaving by the inventor of the "Wonder Weaver" himself. Learn how to create your own "left lists" and even perform "color change" weaves.

 

 

2:00 PM "¢ Introduction to Decorative Cross Wraps by Mark Crouse - This seminar provides any anyone, novice to pro, with a sound grasp of the basics involved in making decorative thread cross wraps. Covered will be set up, open wraps, closed wraps, multiple axis wraps and taper offset spacing.

 

 

3:00 PM "¢ Manufacturers Spotlight - A panel made up of the industry's leading blank and component manufacturers and suppliers answers your every question concerning blank manufacturing, guide plating, ceramic polishing, warranties, etc. A question and answer session will follow.

 

Sunday

 

10:00 AM "¢ Basic Rod Building by Jim Upton - This in-depth overview of the rod building process is sure to delight and educate anyone interested in building their first custom rod. Jim will spotlight the process, highlighting each step required to take a blank and handful of components and turn them into a better performing rod that anything you can buy off the shelf. Handy hints on required materials and tools as well!

 

 

10:00 AM "¢ Everything You Wanted To Know About Rod Building - A panel of some of the best rod builders in the world answers your rod building questions in this open forum on the craft of custom rod building. No question is too difficult nor too simple. Ask and you shall receive.

 

 

11:00 AM "¢ Thread Weaving by Mark Crouse - A tutorial by one of the most innovative thread artists working today. All aspects of thread weaving will be covered, including design and set up.

 

 

1:00 PM "¢ Making Multi-Piece Rods by Ralph O'Quinn - Can't find your favorite rod or blank in as many sections as you desire? Learn to fabricate your own ferrules and create multi-piece rods that feel and act like the one-piece counterparts.

 

 

2:00 PM "¢ The Hanneman Common Cents System by Dr. William Hanneman - The Common Cents System is the first objective and relative system for measuring fly rod action and power. The inventor himself, Dr. Hanneman, will fully explain his system and show you how to use it to make your fly fishing and rod building experience that much better.

 

 

2:00 PM "¢ Using Computer Software in Decorative Thread Art by David Boyle and Jim Upton - Learn the ins and outs of specialty software for the design and lay-out of cross wraps and weaving patterns.

 

 

3:00 PM "¢ Creative Design for Custom Fishing Rods by Tom Kirkman - We've grown accustomed to fishing rods having to look a certain way. Step outside the box and discover how to design highly functional rods that defy age old configurations.

 

 

*Dr. William Hanneman will be available both days for rating your blanks or rods in the Common Cents System booth on the main show floor.

 

 

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FEATURED ROD BUILDER BOOTH DEMOS

(On Show Floor)

 

**Additional Seminars will be ongoing on the show floor in the "Featured Rod Builder Booth" during both days of the show. Here is a list of the presenters for the Featured Rod Building Booth Demostrations:

 

Saturday

10AM "¢ Bill Stevens - Unique Tools for Making Narrow Trim Bands

11AM "¢ Mark Crouse - Thread Art and Decorative Wrapping

1PM "¢ Ken Preseton - Color Changing Rod Finish

2PM "¢ Mike Barley & Randy Parpart - Marbled Epoxy Finishing

3PM "¢ Ralph O'Quinn - Tricks with Rod Bond

 

Sunday

10AM "¢ Bill Stevens - Unique Tools for Making Narrow Trim Bands

1PM "¢ Tom Kirkman - New Concept Guide Set-Up

2PM "¢ Mark Crouse - Thread Art and Decorative Wrapping

3PM "¢ Andy Dear - Understanding the Lathe and Associated Tools

 

 

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ROD BUILDERS SOCIAL GATHERING

 

Event will be held on Saturday evening in one of the upstairs seminar rooms. Refreshments served at no charge. 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Event is open to all Rod Builder Show ticket holders.

 

Refreshments provided at no charge and there will be a cash bar for those who desire beer or wine.

 

Door prizes will include an American Tackle Power Wrapper and two Batson Enterprises rod building kits. More to be announced soon.

 

 

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HOTELS

 

The Westin (Host hotel, across street from Convention Center)

866-837-4148

 

Holiday Inn Downtown (About 5 blocks north of Convention Center)

704-335-5400

 

Days Inn (About 15 blocks north of Convention Center)

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