|Finished with sandpaper|
This will be my first attempt at making something that looks like something that has been bought. Another reason I want to do this is because I tend not to care so much about making things look good, and I tend not to want to spend the time making things look good. So I guess my goal here is to learn patience as much as anything. I sure hope learning patience doesn't take too long. And anyway, I'm not sure if the fish will care if my lure looks good.
I've been studying a lot and reading everything I can find on the subject. I've also had an idea or two, and have a feeling there might be a few holes to fill with innovation in this lure making racket.
Firstly it seems it's pretty easy to carve a lure out of wood. Even people who claim to have no great carving ability seem to be able to do it.
I can't carve either, so I to shall be good at this!
Its way too big for a lure so some of it will have to go.
I cut most of the tree away and kept just this more manageable section of around 150mm in length.
The next step was to clean it up a bit and start to make it look less like a tree and more like a lure.
I thought I'd leave some waste wood as a handle to make it easier to hold, so as not to cut of my fingers.
It almost looks a bit like it could one day resemble a lure.
Thats about as close as I'm going to get with the knife I think.
And thats about as much as I can do with the file.
I cut the waste wood handle off, and cleaned up the cut with the file. Then I sanded the entire thing to smooth as seen in the picture at the top of this post.
I think it worked quite well. And according to the photo timestamps it took around an hour. I think I can get that down to a few minutes by just using a grinder to do the whole thing.
It's not a lure yet but at least I know this bit is easy enough to do.