Okay, you can ignore that headline. This article is actually not about sleeping fish. Instead it is a secret offer to those who happened to read my blog deeply enough to find this offer. Either you have time on your hands or you really are curious about my tenkara writing. I am very happy that you stumbled onto this page today. Because you are here, I want to share a little secret. While I suppose you can share this... I hope that you won't unless you know someone who would do a great job helping me out. This is kind of a hush-hush thing. If you know about it then you know about it.
Here we go...
As I head into my retreat I have set aside some time each day as "working meditation". This is different from just working on something because you are giving it a little more attention and mindfulness as you work than if you are just trudging through a job going through the motions. I know I can do this when I am just trying to check things off my list. With work meditation, things slow down and you connect with the process.
For some of my working meditation time I will be working in my wood shop on some new things. One such project will be a whole new spool design that I think could replace one of my spool design models. I hope to have these in final design ready to sell in the spring of 2024.
I have been rethinking some of my original design and have come up with what I think are some improvements. The new spool design keeps some of the elements of my original magnetic spool, changes some of the shape of the spool profile and has an added feature for holding line in place while wound on the spool. But I am going to need some in field testers. This is where you come in.
Here's the big secret ...
shhhhhh......SEEKING BETA TESTERS....
I am currently looking for 5 people to beta test the spool design. Take a look at the design and give me some honest feedback or even suggestions for what could maybe be done better. The spool design is just about where I want it but before I finalize the design, I want to be double sure that this spool meets the approval of people who will use it.
If you have fished tenkara for a while I really want you to sign up. I need experienced points of view. I need people willing to answer a questionnaire at the end of field testing the spool. I need people who can keep a secret... While my spool designs are sort of protected in that I hand make each one. I don't want my design to be leaked at all. So I am taking a chance with the people who beta test. 99% of the tenkara anglers I know have been really good people so maybe this is just me being overcautious.
To become one of the 5 people to beta test the spool all you need to do is reach out to me through the contact page and send me your information. Name, address to send the spool to your e-mail and how long you have been tenkara angling. Each beta tester will get to keep their spool and will be given $50 gift certificate for use in my etsy store upon completion of their product feedback survey.
Thank you in advance,
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