Carve Your Own Fish­ing Lures

Modern Pioneer - - [woodworking] -

I started carv­ing fish­ing lures af­ter vis­it­ing a sport­ing-goods store and see­ing the prices of plas­tic lures made in China. I wanted to go fish­ing, not take out a sec­ond mort­gage on my home. I de­cided to try carv­ing my own lures. Af­ter all, peo­ple were mak­ing these things out of wood long be­fore there was plas­tic.

I scrounged around my shed for a piece of wood that would work and soon found an old broom han­dle. While a piece of pine board would’ve worked, the round­ness of the broom han­dle would save me a great deal of work. Af­ter draw­ing the ba­sic shape on the han­dle, I pulled out my knife and went to work.

Carv­ing can be a long process, so if you aren’t will­ing to in­vest the time, then cough up the cash and buy the plas­tic lure. How­ever, old pi­o­neers wouldn’t buy some­thing if they could make it them­selves. I’m the same way.

With the ba­sic shape com­pleted, it was time to sand. Sand­pa­per and el­bow grease (a lot of it) pro­duced the lure. With a few coats of paint and some hooks, it was ready to use. Ba­si­cally, all the lure cost me was time, and I get the sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing I made it my­self.

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