It started with memories of my Grandfather, Ivol Howard, driving me from the loading dock at his small town grocery store, to the "worm man" outside of town. We picked through flats of night crawlers, loaded the choicest ones in a Folgers coffee can, jumped back in the '65 Ranchero and headed for the farm pond. It was summer in Kansas, the air smelled like hay and the cicadas were croaking in the trees. I don't remember catching tons of fish, but I do remember my Grandfather's warm smile as he struggled to release the tree bass I had caught.
Every day I would beg to go to the pond and Grandpa would give in half of the time. We would open barbed wire gates, drive across pastures and honk at cows in our path. We would fish until dusk, or when the mosquitoes began to devour us, then head home for fried chicken (Grandma knowing we weren't bringing any fish).
These early magical memories have spawned a lifetime love for fishing. Oh, to now have my Grandpa's tackle box would be such a boon. Alas, it went missing. I do, however, vaguely remember its contents, or I mentally invent what should have been in it: (wooden lures and plugs of distinction and envy).
I have been a minor lure collector since the 80's. Never having the resources or luck to obtain anything really rare or valuable, I console myself by looking in collector's books and dreaming. I find the old lures so intriguing. My interest in antique lures and my hobby of fly tying crossed paths one day. I was thinking about the fact that even if I owned a "Kent Frog" or an "Expert Minnow," (which unfortunately I do not), I would never have the joy of plunking it in the lake. They just don't make our Grandfathers’ lures any more. So I decided to try to carve my own lures from wood.
I quickly found that my new hobby, unlike fly tying, would offer no instant gratification. I struggled to locate hardware and components that would satisfy my aim at old time quality. I realized that I would have to invent, scrounge or fabricate some of what I needed. By trial and error I plodded forward. I have come a long way in a short period of time due to my persistence, and because of the help and inspiration from other talented lure carvers. (a special thanks to all of you).
I have found immense enjoyment in carving lures. As a hobby it combines my love for fishing, my interest in all things old, and provides an outlet for my creative and artistic abilities. Plus, you get to play with your artwork when you are finished.
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BASS BAITS ~ FLY-ROD LURES ~ JIGS ~ BOBBERS
DECOYS 1 ~ DECOYS 2 ~ DECOYS 3 ~ DECOYS 4 ~ DECOYS 5
DECOYS 6 ~ DECOYS 7 ~ DECOYS 8 ~ DECOYS 9 ~ DECOYS 10
DECOYS 11 ~ DECOYS 12 ~ DECOYS 13 ~ DECOYS 14 ~ DECOYS 15
DECOYS 16 ~ DECOYS 17 ~ DECOYS 18 ~ DECOYS 19
LURE BOXES ~ CONTACT/e-mail ~ PURCHASE
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FISH DECOY COLLECTION
FISH & FISHING ~ LINKS ~ MY COLLECTION
AWARDS & RIBBONS ~ ABOUT CARVING
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