Franken-Stone™ Hydro-Welded™ Guide Series
Freshly Harvested Vintage Rings Brought To Life Again With Our Exclusive Hydro-Welded™ Frames!
These up-cycled guides are our ode to Mary Shelley’s modern Prometheus, the monster constructed piecemeal by Doctor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein haunted the graveyards and mortuaries seeking organic parts that had recently cast off their mortal coil. We’ve re-visited the Golden Witch collection of vintage German guides searching for beautiful – inorganic – agate, agatine, porcelain, & carbide rings that are soldered into frames the likes of which will never sell in quantity to restorationists and collectors. Many of these parts are beautiful, but functionally dead. After twenty years of resisting the urge to deconstruct entire bins full of these lovely guides and tiptops, we have succumbed to temptation. Using a combination of snips and torches, Drake & I have begun harvesting the good bits – the historic rings. By relying on vintage rings, we reduce the environmental impact associated with mining and cutting new stones, so these guides are a big plus for clean waters! We design and build stripping guide frames to suit the historic rings, showcasing each in perfect form. In rare cases there are a thousand or more identical rings, but in most instances there are fifty rings, or five, or fewer. Many of these rings are larger, best suited for heavy duty guides. If you’re making a custom fly or Spey rod for salmon, steelhead, shark, tarpon, or taimen, you’ll want one of these guides. Bigger frames means more labor & more silver solder. Deconstruction before construction – also more labor. Limited supply – there’s that, too. These will be priced according to our investment and our ability to make more – or to make no more. Like our Founder’s Series of guides, any of these Franken-Stone™ Guides that are for sale will be available for immediate shipment. Expect prices ranging from $50.00 carbide ring guides in light frames up through $200.00 or more for extremely limited edition agate rings set into heavier frames. Some of the Franken-Stone™ Guides will feature ornate silver bezels and these, which resist easy categorization, will also be lodged with the Jewelry Tier Series of guides.
And here are a four more piles of rings we’ll be using to make Franken-Stone™ Guides:
While we don’t have any Franken-Stone™ batches for sale yet, here are a few more prototype guides we worked up for photos.
Before long we’ll start making batches of these Franken-Stone™ Guides. Check back here to see what’s available for you to harvest!
*In the interest of transparency, the guide which is currently the primary product image is NOT set into a Hydro-Welded™ Frame. It’s a extra heavy, or super duty, vintage frame which we have in very limited quantities as raw (unformed) frames. The forming, shaping, and polishing of the frame was done in our shop. These frames are the frames that convinced me I could make a better frame than our first generation frames. It took a few years, but now we’ve got them. This stone looked just like the rest of the grooved agates pictured higher up on this page after it was removed from a Walking Dead guide. We re-ground the stone to remove the rough patches, then re-shaped it and touched up the groove. The bezel was crafted in-house from rope twisted Argentium (a nominally non-tarnishing precious silver alloy). This is a durable beauty, ideal for a presentation-grade salmon rod!
Here’s another guide made in the shop…it’s not Hydro-Welded™ because we didn’t have the Hydrogen torch back then. This one features a hard silver weld that was completed with an Oxy-Acetylene torch. I dropped the picture in here because the ring is another that was harvested – singularly, not as part of a batch – from our vintage collection, then re-ground, re-polished, re-bezelled, and set into a custom frame. If you need bomb-proof salmon guides, we can make them.