The making of a Priest…..

Over the last few days we have been busy making a Priest for a local fisherman, using a batch of newly delivered brass.I find that of all of the items that we make, the Priest is the most enjoyable for me, due to the amount of machining that is required, compared to other items such as fishing rods.
An afternoon spent standing at the lathe is an afternoon that is definately not wasted in any way.

This is the initial rough cutting and re-sizing of the brass:

This is when the brass stock has been cut down and is part way through the machining process:

And this is the finished brass part, only in need of a polish:

The cane also needs to be cut, plane and finished along with the cork handle. We split and plane the cane for each Priest independently, so the cane shaft is made specifically for that Priest, and is not an off cut from one of our fishing rods. This makes the process more time consuming.
The only thing left to do is assemble the parts and form the handle and butt cap, more photos of that shortly.

Tight lines


Adam Rawson
Dad, husband, maker of split cane fishing rods and lover of the great outdoors.

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