Author: Russ Gooding

GW Rod Tube Kits

Written by : Posted on March 15, 2016 : No Comments

Golden Witch Rod Tube Kits – The Ramble

After an absence of several years, the GW Rod Tube Kits are back, in both the Classic (flat top) and Antique (dome top) options. These things are fantastically expensive to produce to this level of quality, and the margins are quite slim despite the retail price tag, which is why these are not offered through our sister wholesale company, Arcane Component Works. If we sell through this batch quickly, we plan to make more and perhaps the product line can become self-sustaining. If these sell slowly, it’s the last time we’ll make them because a slow churn on this initial re-investment in tubing and cap sets means that the inventory dollars will be better off invested elsewhere in coming years. Intending no drama whatsoever because this is a simple yea/nay choice on future inventory based on its value to the company, let us be blunt. If you like these tube kits and you want them to stay in our line-up, don’t count on someone else to purchase enough to make it worth our while. We’re not talking thousands of tube kits. If a few hundred rodmakers each bought two kits before the year was out (that’s 2016), they’ll most likely stick around as a product. If we receive a host of very kind, and entirely welcome, emails saying how nice the kits look, but the sales don’t tally up with the praise, they’re gone. That alone should be an incentive to grab a kit or two while they’re here. There’s a nice circularity here…your personal incentive to snag a tube kit while they’re available, compounded by the number of good rodmakers out there who might need just one or two of these kits in a given year, becomes the modest volume we need to ensure that they are available for years to come.

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Silk Thread – The Ramble

Written by : Posted on February 22, 2016 : No Comments

Silk Thread: the love affair, the size chart, & too much on tipping….

We love silk thread the way we love agates.  You should, too.  It’s the sort of polyvalent affair that allows you to explore entire gamuts of color, and several dimensions, while doing no harm.  Not sure what color you should use?  Grab several colors.  Better yet, pick up a color chart and study those colors in daylight.   You don’t like the color you chose?  Strip it off.  One of silk’s greatest benefits is that, as top shelf components go, it’s inexpensive.  Typically in the range of $6.00/spool, you can buy a few spools and decide only to use one.  Save the others, or share them with other rodmakers.  Because colors of silk, even entire ranges of silks, come and go over time, it’s always worth having a few choice spools in your stash.  Dragons hoard gold.  The Beowulf Poet had his word hoard.  Rodmakers should have a hoard of silks.  If you become a monogamist among threads, then it is wise to stock up.  Speaking personally, I have a lifetime supply of Pearsall’s Classic Chestnut in Gossamer.  Good luck prying that from my hands while I’m still sentient.

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The Longest Post Ever on Antique Guides

Written by : Posted on February 17, 2016 : No Comments

antique-guidesAs much a curse as it is a blessing, Golden Witch may own the largest collection of European-made vintage guides in the world.

It’s a blessing because vintage guide sales comprise a small but steady bit of background income, because rummaging through these classic components informs and inspires our own guide making efforts, because we can sometimes help a restorationist find that one, utterly obscure guide that they need to perfectly restore a rod using an appropriate, vintage, new old stock (NOS) piece of componentry. It’s a curse because the collection is massive – it takes up an immense amount of valuable warehouse shelving space; it is unwieldy – the boxes are heavy – and partially disorganized – there are boxes that have been opened once, then never opened again once they were sorted into the wire-guide group as opposed to the agate & agatine group; and because it bears a weight of obligation: when a maker or restorationist needs a guide, someone in the shop, usually me, spends time looking through the bins, measuring instruments in hand, trying to find a part of the style and size requisite to the project at hand.

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The Last Cover Post EVER from the Old Website

Written by : Posted on January 20, 2016 : Comments Off on The Last Cover Post EVER from the Old Website

Hello Rodmakers & Restorationists!

It’s March of 2015 and I’m updating, not entirely re-writing, this cover letter to the Golden Witch website. Spring is officially here, but the morning after the last of our snow melted we’re getting more and the woods are white again. Now it’s time for spring weather.

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Guide & Line Size Reference

Written by : Posted on December 27, 2015 : No Comments

Ever sit and scratch your top-knot for hours trying to determine what size stripping guide to use on your creation?

Here’s a rough guideline:

  • 8MM 2-3 WEIGHT
  • 9MM 3-4 WEIGHT
  • 10MM 4-6 WEIGHT
  • 11MM 6-8 WEIGHT
  • 12MM 8-10 WEIGHT

For real silk lines, drop one guide size.

Introducing the ACW Silver Snake Hook Tender

Written by : Posted on December 27, 2015 : Comments Off on Introducing the ACW Silver Snake Hook Tender

SIlverSnakesBlueBrightNew from Arcane Component Works, we’re pleased to offer Silver Snake™ Hook Tenders. Like so much of what we do at Golden Witch and Arcane Component Works, these tenders offer rodmakers a new twist on a trusty old component. Silver Snakes™ are crafted from solid nickel silver wire.

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The GW Nickel Silver Hook Tender Series

Written by : Posted on December 26, 2015 : No Comments

TendersHook tenders, or hook keepers, tend to be a dime a dozen; well, perhaps a dime apiece back in the day when our coinage was silver. Generally, they are an inexpensive piece of bent wire or, at their fanciest, a thin saddle of bent sheet metal securing a loose ring.

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References Post

Written by : Posted on December 24, 2015 : No Comments

This is a test references post.  Come back soon!

Regarding Burnishing

Written by : Posted on December 22, 2015 : Comments Off on Regarding Burnishing

We devote so much space to variants on this single tool because it is the one tool that makes the difference between professional and amateur thread workmanship. Many talented amateurs wrap as well as the fellows who do this for a living, but then they put finish on the wraps before taking the time to burnish each wrap (and each flat of each wrap on cane rods). Different burnishers work better for different rodmakers, but no rodmaker should be without one or two that feel good in the hand, are highly polished so that they don’t tear the thread, and are kept clean so they don’t mar the thread with oils, old finish, &c. This is one more example of the unavoidable fact that good tools used properly can make a real & perceptible difference in the quality of the rods to which you sign your name.

Eliminating Thick Glue Lines in Cork

Written by : Posted on December 11, 2015 : No Comments
  1. I use and recommend TiteBond II wood glue for glue-up. 

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