New Fly Fishing DVD:
"The Graphite Fly Rod, How to Build a Modern Classic"
If you are looking for a way to spend a few very enjoyable hours over the summer, or just want a little rod-building inspiration, "The Graphite Fly Rod" is a great choice.
Kathy Scott takes plane in hand, learning the craft from her husband....an experienced, highly talented, rodmaker.
Split & Glued
By Vincent C. Marinaro
Approximately 300 pages, 11 original paintings, 225 photographs, 50 drawings, charts of Marinaro’s rod tapers.
Welcome To Golden Witch Technologies!
Golden Witch – FEBRUary 2014
Hello Rodmakers & Restorationists!
If you have been on the front page of the Golden Witch website in the past 45 days or so, you’ll have seen a cover letter promising big changes in 2014. Those changes are no longer promises, they’ve begun to materialize.
On January 5th, Erica retired from Golden Witch after many years of running the office & inventory end of the company. Among other plans, she’ll have much more time to devote to her own arts: painting & jewelry making.
I promised that GW would expand the range of products starting with “new” stripping guides. These are GWSG-V10HF & GWSG-V10MF. The codes represent Golden Witch Stripping Guide – Vintage, 10mm, High Frame or Medium Frame. During the move I uncovered a bin filled with pre-WWII 10mm rings, most of which are a handsome plum red though there is some color variation. These rings are broader than our modern-cut agates, ranging from 3.8-4.1mm thick rather than 2.0-2.5mm thick. I’ve worked up bezels and can now mount these in either our standard medium frame (normally used for 9 & 10mm guides) or our standard high frame (used for 11mm guides); personally, I prefer these slightly broader rings set into the high frame – they seem, visually, to balance better. Retail pricing will be at $34.95 for bright guides and $39.95 for blued guides. I will get pictures and ordering info posted to the website before too long, but in the meantime, you may simply request one of these guides in the comments section of any web order. In the future, I’ll be working up bezels for other sizes of antique rings; I’ve started work on four new frame sizes to accommodate these rings.
I also promised a dramatic inventory expansion of both GW & Arcane branded products. This expansion will take at least six months to fully realize, but the first products are already starting to roll off the production lines. Our Field Grade Ferrules are back in stock in 13/64 and the bins are stuffed to the gills; the other sizes will follow in short order, 10’s-12’s, then 14’s – 16. I’ve ordered bolts of fabric and our seamstress will be busy through-out February sewing rodsacks in all four colors we had offered; I’m also going to add a fifth color, Nutmeg, in the most popular sizes. GW Hex Winding Checks are back in stock in sizes 19/64-28/64. Any gaps in our other check styles will be remedied shortly. Five styles of reel seats back in limited stock (UT, SAKI, Payne-Inspired, and both Narrow & Wide Band Leonard-Inspired), and all seven styles will be re-run later this spring (Swoop & Boyd will be part of that run). Bear with me on inserts…right now the available choices are limited to the more sedate, traditional looking woods. This week I’ll be hand selecting the boards which will be the basis of our next run of inserts, both traditional and highly figured, and these will be available in late spring. Generally speaking, I’ve pumped up the inventory across the product lines, from Pearsall’s & YLI silks to agate burnishers to PacBay snakes, all with the goal of minimizing backorders. This said, please bear in mind that so many GW products are custom crafted that there can be delays especially when order volume is high. Whether it’s me crafting stripping guides in-house or one of the many craftspeople involved with sewing, working wood, turning metal, and so forth, your patience will be rewarded with well made products, most of which are made in the USA. Right now I’d say half GW’s component orders are shipping the next business day and the balance ship inside of 14 days.
Numerous folks have asked about our rod tube kits. I’m bringing them back. It won’t be immediate, but I’m already investigating my options. I’ve also had requests for an updated catalog. I’m pleased to say that my good friend Matt West, who has been of inestimable help working on our previous catalog and so many other graphics-related projects, has agreed to help me create a 2014 downloadable PDF catalog as a supplement to the website. Together with Matt and Beka, the woman behind our website design, we will entirely up-date and revamp all the GW product information; expect website changes to begin within 60 days, with the major web overhaul and the new catalog to be available by summer. Unfortunately, this means that prices are going up, too. If you love inflation, thank the Federal Reserve.
Finally, let me point out up-coming shop closures: Due to some exciting family adventures, which I will detail in a forthcoming Annual Letter to be posted on our website, there will be irregularly spaced closures through-out the year. Please keep tabs on the website and you’ll be able to place orders and have them safely shipped prior to the closures. Right now, I expect to be closed February 25 - March 6; May 22 – 27; July 9 - 16; and October 15-22. Other closures may be added. Because many Golden Witch products are made to order, or finished to order, it is best for you to order two weeks prior to the first day of any company closures. This will allow me to craft and/or finish tools and components, then ship nearly all products prior to the closures.
I am looking forward to the next fifteen years of running Golden Witch!
The GW Annual Letter – 2014
Custom Rod Building
Custom Rod Thread Art
We're a very small company dedicated to the art of tacklecraft. At present, I am the sole staffer. The good news is that my kids are interested in helping and they’re starting to learn the ropes; one of the boys is mechanically savvy and regularly helps in the shop. In fact if you’ve purchased an agate guide in the past two months, chances are that he prepped the frame. Being a small company ensures that each of our valued clients receives personal attention. However, since I no longer have staff, I have essentially transitioned Golden Witch into an e-commerce/mail order company only. I simply don’t have sufficient time in my day to man the phone – usually I’m out in the shop, on the road working with our local suppliers, or in the homeschool room where I guide two of my four kids through their lessons; my office hours are crepuscular and irregular.
Please feel free to order through the web store, by fax, phone, or mail. If you call, you can leave a message and I will eventually call you back (domestic calls only), but please don’t expect miracles…it often takes a couple days. My message on the phone’s voicemail system attempts to explain this.
Be sure to check out our Education section while you're visiting our web site. Our rodmaking videos on DVD are a start-to-finish look at making a bamboo rod. We are committed to rodmaking education as much as we are to selling the finest tools and components for both bamboo and graphite rodmakers.
Enjoy your visit - and please know that I sincerely appreciate your business!