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Thursday April 24, 2014

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My rig is water ready!
Fishin' next week!!

Trinkets & Spool Holder
First 3D printed parts

4/21/14  Busy Shop
Workforce at work

Manistee's 1st Street Launch
Docks went in yesterday
Photo by Wayne J

It's like déjà vu all over again
Quote from Yogi Berra

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           Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

4/24/14  Lots accomplished yesterday.  My boat is water ready for the maiden voyage in 2014.  Lures are loaded, rods have new line, and the batteries are at full charge.  Next week looks like a reel possibility to chase Manistee, MI's once famed shoreline Brown Trout.  Browns are not as numerous compared to 10-12 years ago.  Click ready boat
              Made my first useful item with my 3D printer and after making trinkets.  New spool extended axel holder will allow for non-proprietary filament with a great choice of colors offered at Amazon.  Learned the hard way not to touch the 220 centigrade tip that spits out plastic ...ouch!  Click newly 3D printed trinkets & spool holder

4/23/14  Major progress yesterday!!  Made my 1st models with my 3D printer in PLA.  It was a very difficult task to configure the software, machine, and level the bed.  These are just baby steps for designing new tackle for 2015, but at least it's a start!!
               Today's pic of the 3D parts shows the raft the ring was built on and a dime for size relationship.  This attempt was not in the fine setting for the sake of time.
               Challenging myself to learn and adapt new technology towards modeling tackle prototypes is a huge stretch and one I'm ready to reach for.  Click my 3D 1st parts

4/22/14  Today's featured photo is about as thrilling as watching paint dry, unless you're me.  Seeing my new workforce come together will surely take the heat off me.  For the last couple-three weeks it's been just me doing and building all the tackle orders.
               While I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, at least I can see the tunnel's entrance.  3 new people hired are locals to the Manistee, MI area and appreciate having a job in a tough area to make a buck.  Click new workforce

4/21/14  Unexciting, but necessary for today is training new staff to make attractor flies.  Plan is to instruct all 3 new employees at the same time to expedite this duty.
              Should be able to start my first simple 3D build later today.  Software is installed talking to the machine/printer.  A task that ate up 3 hours yesterday making sure the baud rate, correct USB com port, and temp settings were up to snuff.
              Batteries are in my boat.  15 pound test mono is installed on 8 rods for shoreline Brown Trout fishing.  Question is: ...will I be able to find the time in the right weather window to allow me to sneak out of the shop for an afternoon?

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"Sunday Detroit News" 
August 1984

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