For those of you that follow, you know I've posted about work in the past and can be a bit of a nerd. When I decide to and put my mind to learning something new, I try to dive in head first. So in my line of work, taking the time to learn about your customers can pay dividends, but also lead to some pretty cool stuff.
In this case, my customer, Bettinardi Putters, is also run by a friend of mine, who's also quite the trout fisherman. He's the brains behind most of their custom line of putters, including some of the trout pattern putters I've featured in the past.
Recently they expanded their facility for both their putter line, as well as what they do under their machining company Xcel Technologies. I headed out to check things out and was impressed with all they had done. A few days later, I saw a great write up on a recent event they had for their custom putters. It featured some great photography, and some of the more Chicago based themes.
The same website, Golf WRX, also featured another photo essay with some of their machining processes and behind the scenes during production. I got a more in depth look at what they are doing than most people, but this really gives the casual fan an idea of how much work and metal actually goes in to creating something original. It's awesome to see how a lot of similar applications go in to making our fly reels. And a step further, is guys doing it by hand, requiring some amazing skills.