Small is the new Big

Them:  “You should franchise Oyster or try and build your brand large enough to sell it.” Me:  “No.” 20 years ago, we decided that making bamboo fly rods for a living was a good idea.  Why?  Why would we ever dream that our passage into adulthood commerce should be anything less or more than a simple […]

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Career Day and The Bamboo Fly Rod

Career Day at Blue Ridge Elementary Bill:  What is your favorite thing to do in the whole world?Barrage of answers from the kids:  “Drawing!” “Hunting!” “Basketball!” “Writing!” “Hunting!” “Video Games!” “Horseback riding!” “Hunting!”Bill:  Now, imagine that you are able to do that “favorite thing”  your entire life and make a living.

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Main Street, The Bamboo Fly Rod and Love

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”  – Bukowski Quinn, me (hiding), Roni and Cutter   My girl Michelle and her baked goods…that just happened to look like a heart today…really. Bill and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.  We have never properly observed this particular holiday…well…we did once…23 years ago.  While our memories of this […]

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lost, found and bamboo fly rods

Many years ago, while mountain biking on the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains,  I literally panicked near dusk at the bottom of a treacherous decent…Me:  “Babe, we are lost.”Bill:   “We are not lost…we can always go back the way we came.”  1993 Bill and I met over 21 years ago in Athens, Georgia.  We […]

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