I have been an avid outdoors man and wood worker since before I was a teen. The first woodworking job I ever had was straight out of high school doing production craft projects in Ithaca New York. Wanting to travel and see more of the world I decided to join the US Army in 1981. After a four year term of being stationed in Alaska, Georgia and a few temporary duties stations. I got out and moved to Santa Barbara California and went to work in construction, but I wanted to do more of the finer things so I worked for a couple cabinet shops, where I learned fine finish carpentry and cabinetry working in some very high end homes in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas before deciding I needed to start my own business. I started my own company in 1990 and kept that business until 1998 when I decided I wanted to move my Wife and son of 2 years to a more rural area and get away from the city. We moved to Grants Pass in 1998 I worked for others here for a little over a year and came to the conclusion I cannot work for other people and started my business here in Grants Pass, as a finish carpenter. In 2004 I decided to build a shop and start doing cabinetry again here. Word got out and I had three large jobs lined up before my shop was complete. Business was strong until I went through a divorce and the economic down turn of 2008. I was able to keep busy but not the level that I was use to. So recently I decided to try other things and actually going full circle going back to craft and smaller production type work.
I took my love for the outdoors and started making landing nets, it seems like a natural transition. The first were nice but I wanted to make the finest net money could buy. A net that not only was beautiful to look at but be very strong and be built to last for generations. I put a few pictures on Facebook and got orders immediately.
They are done in a small production run of 10 -20 nets at a time, but no two are alike.
I am also building laminated wood fly boxes, fly tying stations, and so far for my own use, traditional long bows.
I plan on doing this business full time within two years and will be making the the fly fishing show circuit in 2017 if all goes as planned.
Rogue Wood Works
Custom One of a kind Wood Landing Nets