New Fly Tying Bench I purchased at The Denver Fly Fishing Show 2012by Graham Moran January 11, 2012 4 comments
So this is my new fly tying bench that I purchased at the 2012 Denver Fly Fishing Show. The bench was made by a local Colorado artisan by the name of Jay Burge of Evans, CO. The desk is gorgeous and I am super excited to start using this for my fly tying. Jay also runs a Custom Carpentry of Colorado. Besides fly tying desks he told my fiancee Elizabeth that he does custom boxes and other wood work. During the show he brought in some of his keepsake boxes that were absolutely gorgeous but sadly we did not get one. Jay was very friendly and was very proud and showed that he loved the work that he does. I have to say I am quite impressed with the workmanship that has gone into this.
Mr. Burge has used different woods into this piece that definitely impressed me with the choices of woods as well as the workmanship and detail that has gone into his designs. I feel what would sell these fly tying benches is that fact that Mr. Burge and his son are both tiers themselves and because of this the benches are very well designed for a tier of any level. The organizational details are extremely impressive to say the least and in my opinion would make fly tying a breeze for both a new tier and an experienced tier.
My bench has Birch, Birdseye Maple, Bloodwood, Brazilian Tiger Wood, Cherry, Hickory, African Mahogany, Maple, Oak, Padauk, Poplar, Purple Heart, Walnut, and Yellow Heart. I mean come on, how cool is that.
The main work surface of the bench is treated with MinWax Oil for durability and a smooth surface. The two columns of pockets on both the left and right side of the bench have a nice smooth rounded shape that makes pulling a bead from it very easy and also allows the beads to stay in the bench when and if you travel with the board on a trip. Mr. Burge pointed out the fact that he specifically worked on these and shaped them just for this reason.
The base of the bench has four rubber feet so that you can set the bench on a dining room table and not scratch the dining surface. When my fiancee expressed a fear of her dining room table getting scratched Mr. Burge pointed out the fact that he had placed these protective rubber feet on the board just for that reason.
Included with the bench were a number of precut brass pins for thread spools and other items. The back of the board is predrilled for each pin to fit in. Even better, the predrilled holes are the perfect size to fit most thread bobbin tubes. Mr. Burge did point out the fact that some bobbins with ceramic rings may not fit into the hole but he advised me that if I wanted to I could drill the hole a little larger for a larger bobbin tube but after looking at the amazing work he has done I do not intend to do any tweaks to his design.
The tool rack that Mr. Burge has built into the bench was very well thought out and the laminating of various
woods he has used is amazing and in my opinion the focal point of the bench. It is so well done that you could lose yourself just looking at the tool tray and forget everything else that might happen on the bench.
Each side of the bench is designed so that there are individual finger tracks that appear to be routered into the bench for ease of pick up and transportation. The tracks are almost the whole length on each side of the bench and that definitely makes things very user friendly on the transportation level.
Mr. Burge’s warranty on his craftsmanship is very impressive as well. He stated to me that if anything were to happen to the bench he will cover all defects of workmanship free of charge. Now how many times have you had anyone tell you that they will cover anything that breaks free of charge. No one I know except Mr. Burge so far.