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  • Birthday 12/26/1956

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  1. This is a hand-built Ice Fishing Rod Rack that can make the ideal Christmas gift for anybody who loves ice fishing or has some special ice fishing rods they want to display or protect. This rack is one-of-a-kind and will not be reproduced. It is a Free-Standing rack which is intended for use at home or in a permanent fish house. It holds 8 ice rods, is built of solid oak and finished in "Prairie Wheat" stain and finished with glossy polyurethane. The front of the rod support pieces are embellished with scrolling for added appeal. The rack measures 24" wide, 3.5" deep and 18" tall. It is immediately available for pick up in Grand Rapids or I can ship to you for actual shipping cost. Only one of these is available. If you need something for your wheel house or want a different style rack, contact me and we can build one custom for your needs. Thanks and Merry Christmas!
  2. Here is the first customer's rod rack for this season ... 8-hole cedar. Shipping this week.
  3. If you find yourself with more and more ice rods, you might want to consider a custom ice rod rack to store and proudly display them all. Here is one I just built for myself - a ten (10) rod wall-mount rack made of oak. Rod holes are lined with dense felt tape to protect your favorite rods and guides. I can build and ship a rack to your specifications. You choose: - Wall-mount or floor-mount (includes feet) - Number of spaces for rods - Species of wood (oak, cedar, pine, whatever) - Color of stain, or maybe no stain I can usually build and stain these in a couple or three days, depending on other orders. Each is priced based on customization, but last year these ran from around $60 to $100, plus actual shipping costs which usually ran from $10 - $17. Or you can pick up in Grand Rapids, MN. I can also ship these to you in parts for lower shipping costs, and you simply screw them together with supplied screws (8). I built and shipped around 20 of these last year, and had lots of good comments and commendations. I guarantee satisfaction. PM me with any questions you might have ...
  4. These all-cedar adirondack chairs make a great addition to any cabin or maybe just at home on the deck or around the fire pit. Each one is hand-crafted, stained, assembled and then stained again so they have a great, long-lasting finish. They are made mostly of 2 x 8, 2 x 6 and 2 x 4 cedar, with 1 x 2 seat slats and 1 x 4 backs. These are much sturdier and more confortable than most you can buy elsewhere. They are extra-large and double-contoured for maximum comfort. I build each to order, which takes about a week so the stain has time to set. A single chair sells for $250. A pair sells for $450. They are available for pick up in Grand Rapids. Let me know if you are interested ... satisfaction guaranteed!
  5. Just finished two more rod racks ... one (second photo) is a 10-rod wall mount rack for a guy's home and the other is an 8 rod rack for a fish house. Both are pine.
  6. Thanks, Walleyehooker! I appreciate the review and am glad you like it. I also appreciate you letting me make the rack for you ... I enjoyed building it. Kevin
  7. Here is another version of the rod racks for Ice Castle Fishouses ... this one is made of cedar and holds 6 rods. It was installed on a cedar interior which makes for a nice modification. Let me know if I can build one for your fish house! And here is a 25 rod version (free standing) that was built for a custom rod builder ... this one made of clear pine and no finish other than the felt inserts where the rods touch.
  8. Just finished a pair of smaller rod racks designed for a narrow wall in a guy's fish house. He only has 9.5 inches of wall to work with, so we only got two rods per rack ... but they should still work well. They should be a good match for his cedar-paneled fish house Let me know if your fish house needs some custom built rod racks ... I can make them to fit your space, wood type and number of rods needed.
  9. Building and selling custom-made fishing rod racks, both for ice fishing and open water (regular sized) rods. You specify the kind (Ice or Regular) or rack, wood (typically oak), number of rod slots and stain (or you can leave unfinished). Typical 10 rod ice rod rack sells for $65 ... 10-rod open water sells for $150. You pay actual shipping costs or pick up in Grand Rapids, MN. takes a few days to build each and a couple days to stain/poly finish. Let me know if you are interested ...
  10. Just looked on Tundratalk.net and see there are a few discussions there on this. Might check it out. Could be a faulty sensor.
  11. I built a Menards kit, something like 10 x 20, back in the 80's and it still stands today though we no longer own the property. I did add some extra support here and there, but with a good roof and proper construction these will do. More recently I built a Cambridge 10x12 kit which pretty much all pre-cut ... you just have to nail/screw it together. It came out quite well. I ordered and added extra roof trusses for higher snow load ... and it should last longer than I will. It doesn't take any special skills or knowledge to build one of these kits ... just a few basic tools and don't rush ...
  12. You don't need to go the old film processing/printing route ... you could have the neg scanned and then output to a contemporary printer. Then you'd have a high-res image file, also. Just have to find somebody who has a film scanner, which should not be too difficult. Just search for negative scanning or media transfer and you'll find lots of places in Mpls.
  13. I just went through that same decision process and ended up ordering a Frabil 371. I've used it a few times and have found it to be decent, but the drag is pretty "sticky". I'm not sure if it's how I have it set, or if that is just how it is. I hope with time it gets a bit smoother. It DOES have all the features I was hoping for, however. Other than the sticky drag, it fits my needs for walleye/crappie/trout fishing. It comes with a pair of mounting options ... a shorter one for palming the reel and a longer one for gripping the rod.
  14. Our favorite so far is to coat the fish like mentioned above, but instead of saltines we use plain panko crumbs - they fry crisp and don't hold oil/grease. We've also used potato buds and also crushed unsweetened corn flakes. Both of those are really good, too. Top handle the issue of keeping crisp, we usually put the fried fillets onto a baker rack that sits on top of a cookie sheet and keep them in a 300 degree oven till the rest are done. Any remaining grease/oil drips off into the cookie sheet and the bottom stays crisp. Here's another one that is REALLY good, but a bit more involved. If you have the time and want something different, try this. It's from the Gunflint Lodge: Crispy Beer-Battered Walleye with Mango Sweet-and-Sour Sauce This is one of (Ron) Berg's (executive chef at Gunflint Lodge) favorite ways of serving Walleye, and is very popular at the Lodge. There will be extra batter with this recipe. Ingredients Flour for dredging walleye before battering Six 8- to 10-ounce boneless, skinless walleye salmon fillets, whole or cut into finger-sized strips Oil for deep frying Sweet and sour sauce: 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1-1/2 cup rice-wine vinegar 2 teaspoons chili paste with garlic 2 Tablespoons Asian fish sauce 2 Tablespoons cornstarch and 4 Tablespoons water mixed together Garnish: 1/2 red pepper, finely diced (or a combination of colored sweet peppers) 4 green onions, green part only, finely sliced on the diagonal 1/2 mango, cut into 1/4-inch dice (other fruits such as fresh peaches, raspberries, wild blueberries, strawberries, or a combination of fruits may be substituted) Beer batter: 2-1/2 cups flour 3 Tablespoons paprika 2 Tablespoons kosher salt 1 Tablespoon black pepper Two to three 12-ounce cans of beer Sweet and sour sauce: Combine sugar, garlic, rice-wine vinegar, chili paste, and fish sauce in a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until reduced and flavor is developed. Add cornstarch mixture and continue to cook until thickened. Put through sieve, prepare garnishes, and refrigerate until needed. Beer batter: Whisk flour, paprika, salt, and pepper together until well combined. Whisk in beer to make a thin batter, not much thicker than buttermilk or heavy cream. Dredge walleye in flour and shake off excess. Dip into beer batter and deep fry in oil at 360 degrees until golden brown and crisp. Remove and drain. (Note: it is very important to hold the heat level during cooking. Using a heavy-weight frying pan will help keep the oil temperature from dropping after the fish is first put in the oil.) Cover the bottom of 6 heated plates with 1/8 cup or more of the sauce mixed with 1 to 2 Tablespoons of the chopped mango. Sprinkle the red peppers and green onions over the sauce. Place the walleye on top and serve. Serves: 6
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