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Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod


with Kris Kristufek

Calendar Jul 27, 2018 at 5 pm

Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
This is a three-day class:
Friday     7/27/18  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 7/28/18  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday   7/29/18  9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Tuitition: $180  Materials: $225

Build your first custom fishing rod under the guidance of professional rod builder, Kris Kristufek from LakeLady Custom Rods. You will build a rod up to seven feet long, with choice of action and power, thread color choices, handle choices, and more, using American-made component parts. Then add your own inscription and personal touches.  

This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and equipment and supplies are furnished.  During three days of classroom instruction, you will learn how to build a fishing rod made from carbon fiber, attached the handle and reel seat, learn guide placement techniques, wrap the guides with fine thread, find the spine, apply epoxy finish and learn basic decorative techniques.

Why settle for big box store rods when you can build a much better rod yourself, custom-made to fit your measurements? 

In order to choose your custom materials which the instructor will order for you, you must register by July 2nd. Registrations will be taken after that date, but selection of materials will be from the choices the instructor brings to class. Students must be 13 years old or older.

About the instructor: Kris Kristufek of Breezy Point, MN, builds award-winning custom fishing rods. He uses only premium blanks and components, creating unique fishing rods for the discriminating angler at LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods. A Certified Professional Rod Builder by the Custom Rod Builders Guild, Inc., he is one of only two such Certified Pros in Minnesota and one of only 36 in the United States. He has build over 2,500 custom fishing rods. Kristufek is becoming known as the "Rod Professor" as he shares his skills, teaching others this interesting craft of custom rod building.




Payment plan available: $150 deposit plus 2 payments of $127.50, paid every four weeks

Summer's Planetary Parade


with Bob King

Calendar Jul 20, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Summer's Planetary Parade
Friday, July 20 2018
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Tuition: $20 No Materials Fee

Four bright planets captivate our attention at dusk this summer: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Mars will be at its brightest and closet in more than 15 years. We will meet at the Folk School and view a slide presentation of the evening sky. We will then go to the Ely golf course parking lot to view the planets through a telescope, weather permitting. Dress appropriately. Bring bug spray if desired.  

About the Instructor: Bob King has enjoyed the night sky and astronomy since childhood and made the stars his lifetime hobby. He chose photojournalism as his vocation and has been photo editor at the Duluth New Tribue since 1990. He writes a regular astronomy blog called Astro Bob, teaches astronomy classes in community education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and also writes for the online astronomy websites Universe Today and Sky & Telescope. His book Night sky with the Naked Eye, is an activity-based book aimed at both beginning and amateur astonomers. 

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