Friday 17 May 2013

Turning An Old School Fishing Lure On The Lathe

Image Above: The Fat Head Wiggler

I went a bit mad with the power tools and finally dusted off the lathe to make my own take on that old school classic ‘the wiggler’. I suppose my next project should be an earlier lure maybe something made from bone with its origins in the Stone Age. What interests me about these types of lures is their birth within that period when mass production was making products affordable or at least within reach of  ordinary working people.  These are lures born out a machine both in terms of design and production; they don’t look like anything I have ever seen swimming in a lake but then not a lot of lures do.
  The decal on the side was something from my school days when hip-hop was just emerging and I spent all my free periods at school drawing graffiti in the back pages of my school books while wishing I lived in New York and had a posse. At the time one of my school friends owned the biggest Ghetto Blaster in Liverpool which used about the same amount of battery power as electric outboard and required its own seating on the buses, despite its size it did nothing to help us to become cool. I was truly un-gifted as a break dancer but it didn't stop me putting on displays at family weddings which I am still try to live down. Thankfully I have now reached an age were rap music has become noise and I no longer dance at weddings. 


  1. Great lure Paul.

    Each day we marvel at how with new designs and new techniques.

    I hope that the next entry is with a large catch.


  2. thanks, i am hoping to go pike fishing early next week, i am am concentrating on making little lures for perch at the moment, and catching fish small enough to fit in the hand.

  3. The use of the decal paper is brilliant! I would have never thought to use something like that. Where did you come across that paper. I just googled it and came up with many many different forms. Any specific kinds better than another? Again great video, very helpful

    1. i think i bought the paper about a year ago and kept putting off using while i was doing other stuff, but i could't believe how easy it was to use. The paper is normally sold either for inkjet or laser printer, ~(mines an inkjet) and there is clear or white. I used the clear so the pink would show through. I gave the printer paper three coats of acrylic lacquer, this is really important i tried it without the lacquer and the image dissolved in the water. Good luck and thanks for taking the time to comment

  4. Power tools need to be in great working order especially in projects that require precision. Looking at the lure you've made, it looks like your lathe wasn't that dusty after all. You did a great job on this one, Paul! I'm looking forward to your next project.
    - Jeanette@Zo Air