Monday, July 10, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Custom Rod Building by Dave


Dave Hanke builds custom fishing rods that are both beautiful and fully functional. Using an intricate threading technique, Dave creates his fishing rods entirely by hand and made for each customer. His artistry is not only decorative, a custom rod for a specific reel makes for more accurate casting. This gift is sure to win the hearts of the fishing fanatics in your life!
Who are you & what do you do?

I am a retired educator of 40 years who has a passion for fishing! For the past 12 years I have built custom fishing rods making them both functional and unique. By using a variety of exotic wood handles along with colorful thread art, quality, one of a kind custom fishing rods are built.

What do you love most about craft show vending?

Meeting and interacting with customers who share a passion for fishing along with teaching classes on how to build a custom rod.

What is your first memory of making something?

One of my memories - not my first - is the first time I received an award for my thread art. It was the start of me realizing that. yes, I am truly an artist!
Why did you start working in this particular craft?

I built my first custom rods as an anniversary gift for friends who my wife and I fished with. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to build custom rods for my wife and myself. From there it went to building custom rods for our four kids, their spouses, and our eight grandkids. By that time, I decided I had better start getting paid for my passion and went into business!

What do your customers love most about your product?

A high quality, unique looking custom fishing rod. A unique item which they cannot purchase in a store.

Check out more of Dave's amazing work online, and be sure to stop by his booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

Posted by Admin at 2:57 PM  ⁙  1 COMMENTS

CATEGORY:  Featured Exhibitors
Jim Watson  ⁙  Thursday November 09, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

Awesome custom design.