Harnell 542 virgin blank build

A while back, a good friend of mine became ill. He’s been building rods for many, many years and I absolutely hated to see him sick. It took the summer, fall, and winter but he’s better now, and back to building rods. When he called with a 542 blank, virgin, he had me from hello. Of course, everything is original Harnell, no stupid nonsense, no chevron wrap, no weird neon colors, just business. The reel seat is a awesome new model Aftco, but the guides are period appropriate. At 10 ft in total length, this rod is destined to be a casted bait shark catching buggywhip. The original new white Harnell grips are icing on the cake.

These rods are Steve’s legacy. Thanks again my friend.

Beautiful butt section.

Beautiful butt section.

Original.

Original.

Original oldstock Gudebrod thread.

Original oldstock Gudebrod thread.

Perfect work.

Perfect work.

Original wrap.

Original wrap.

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