For sale here is one of Marc Aroner's recent creations - the Cast & Blast custom dubbing needle. These were made in very limited quantities.
Every five years or so I decide to make a new set of dubbing needles and this one was a particularly fun edition for me to produce. The top portion is made from genuine Leonard Rod Company 51-7 Hunt butt section. The needle is turned slightly over the needle eye size and then glued into the bamboo which has been scalloped at the top near the opening.
The lower part deserves explanation. A number of years ago a customer who was an avid collector of Purdey shotguns ordered five rods from me. He also sent me a large block of walnut with which to make his reel seats. The walnut was exceptional and came from a Purdey shotgun blank the he had hand selected himself.
I used some of this extra wood to make the middle section of the needles. When considering a name for this series it seemed that having a bamboo fly rod married to a shotgun stock made it obvious: why not call it "cast and blast"? The name is written on the bamboo section along with the series number.
Lastly, I have added a heavy brass base (with the Spinoza Rod Company cartouche imprinted) so the needle will sit upright on your tying table. I have also turned a brass point guard for the tip with a tiny cork core that will keep the needle tip guard in place.