AuSable Essays...

Check here often for stories, quips, and philosophizing about life on the Au Sable, in the rod shop, and Northern Michigan in general...

September 12, 2022

Warm Days....

The Last Gasp of Summer

It's hard to believe it's been over four months since I've done an update. Time sure slips by when the days are warm and pleasant and there are fish to be caught, new rivers to explore, and adventures to be enjoyed. It all went by too quickly and now the trees are showing the first hints of red and the bracken in the woods around the shop is starting to have that faded brown look that unequivocally declares that Autumn is in the air and raking leaves will soon become a near daily occurrence. Believe it or not, I'm always ready for a change of seasons.

Of course, with the change comes a return to the shop with gusto. I have to admit that I get slightly sidetracked when the sun is shining and it's a lovely eighty degrees outside, and I don't get near the rod work done that I had intended. No matter. That will soon be rectified as soon as the rest of the firewood is cut and stacked, and the general "winterizing" is complete, and I really am looking forward to making bamboo "curls" cover the work bench.

Regardless, the shop was VERY busy this Summer and our for-sale inventory has been drastically depleted. You can check out the "Rods for Sale" page for what is currently left available for immediate delivery. Delivery on ordered blanks is still four to six weeks while finished rods require three to six months to get to your door.

During the Summer, I did take delivery of fifty very nice culms of cane that will give me plenty to work with for a couple years. It is kind of daunting when you pile it all up and think about how much splitting and planning it represents, let alone all the gluing, wrapping, varnishing, etc. etc. etc. that will have to be done to use that pile up. It does keep me out of the bar at night!

On another note, Mary has taken delivery of the "Mother of All Sewing Machines" and has set to work making our own rod sacks for our rods. Our plan is to offer these for sale as well in the near future. We just have to get a production process in order.

Well folks, that's about all for this update. Nothing really changes and our routine is pretty well set in stone...and all in all, that's not a bad thing. The older I get, the more I appreciate predictability in my life.

In the meantime, the shop is open by appointment, and we still have four rods in inventory to check out if you're in the Grayling area. As well, you can always stop by just to chat. We love the company. Easy directions can always be found on the "Contact Us" page. Just give us a call!

Until next time, please be healthy, safe and enjoy the warm weather...while it lasts.

John (and Mary) Niemann

The Razing Kane Rod Company

940 Sumac Trail, PO Box 32


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