Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Rapala floating minnow

rapala floating minnow

Pleasing design pops up when you least expect it. In this case I found it in a bait and tackle shop in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

We just got back from our summer vacation, which was 3 days in a rented log cabin situated on 80 acres of campground surrounded by 3 lakes on an island. Our oldest son Ivan is 4 years old, and this was going to be our first time out doing the whole roast hotdogs on a stick over the campfire thing, and I had this fantasy in my mind that we would go fishing together and that I would get to see him catch his first fish and we would have this wonderfull Norman Rockwell moment together. This trip was the reason that I rushed the lacquer job on my ukulele project a bit, I really wanted to be able to sit around the campfire and strum the uke, while telling lies about the one that got away.

Iv’e never been too much into bloodsport, and we didn’t own any fishing gear, so in preparing for the trip, I bought a couple of cheap Zebco spin-cast packages that came complete with a little assortment of tackle. I figued as long as we had bobbers and hooks we would be all set, so I didnt buy any extra stuff. All you do is put a worm on a hook and reel ‘em in right? If worms don’t do the trick, then you just switch over to my father’s old tried and true bait, Velveeta cheese. Yep, we’d be pulling them in all morning, in fact, I was sort of thinking about how to handle it when we had 2 fish on at the same time.

Well, not so much as a nibble.

The next day when we ventured into to town, I ducked into a tackle shop and stood in front the wall of lures, plastic worms, jigs, rigs, spinners, bobbers, etc. I was kind of hoping to find some miracle fish pheramone bait or something to try. That’s when I spotted the Rapala.

The Rapala Original Foating Minnow immediately stood out from the rest of the products on that rack on a number of fronts. The design is sleek and minimal, with a form follows funtion aesthetic that would make Mies Van Der Rohe proud. Sure, it’s highly stylized fish, it doesn’t have any fins because it doesn’t need them. Yet, it still manages to look very much like an actual taxadermed fish, with its hand-sprayed airbrush paint job and big yellow eye with black pupil. When you look at this thing you feel like you are sitting in a Tiki bar drinking out of a coconut shell and looking up at the stuffed swordfish trophy on the wall. It’s just an appealing object.

When I noticed that the Rapala Floating Minnow was made in Finland, that sealed the deal. It turns out that the lure was designed in the 1930′s and although Rapala has added other products to their line over time, the original minnow has remained unchanged. I’m thinking of getting some more Rapalas just to display in Riker mounts.

Oh, yeah and they are great for fishing too. Ivan caught a largemouth bass 5 feet from the dock, and I got my Norman Rockwell scene.

8 Responses to “Rapala floating minnow”

  1. joey Says:

    Ahh, the memories of fishing with my dad for hours on end. I always hated it when I was younger and would complain about it the entire time. Yet I always caught the biggest fish of the day, if not the only fish.

    Now I am planning a fishing trip with my dad in the coming weeks for my girlfriends birthday. I’ll keep my eye out for the Rapala, good tip!

    By the way, any big ones that got away?

  2. Ed Tapanes Says:

    Very nice! But admit it, while in town, after exiting the tackle shop, you hired the hardware store owner’s idiot son to hide under the dock and stick the bass on your kid’s line, right? Hey, don’t get me wrong, it was a brilliantly executed plan! :-)

    Ed T.

  3. F1_error Says:

    The simplicity of the Rapala lures has always been a staple of my tackle box, but for my money I seem to always go back to the Daredevil (in old fasioned red with white stripe) or “spoon” lure. It doesn’t get much more simple than that. Although Northland Tackle has tried to with a beast called the Jaw Breaker, which is a spoon with a skirt and a spinner. Living in Northern Minnesota I’m surrounded with loads of freshwater tackle and bait shops.

  4. bigsep Says:

    A little know fact: The Rapala is an outstanding Trout lure. We always filled our stringers when we used Rapalas on the stocked ponds at West Point. Try several shape and color combinations until you find the hot lure. Brown over gold or silver, as well as chartreuse, were very productive.

  5. KenB Says:

    A fisherman that knows his fishing lures AND the word chartreuse? A true renaissance man.

  6. lou Says:

    hey steve, thanks for the uke kit it came today. the starburst inlay is proud kennard from the guitar shop next door will be helping me with the build.it will be all pimped out. kennard has a fine collection of ukes& a big stash of guitar debris for the non stock parts groupo. i am going to borrow the starburst inlay idea. my felt flatland bike has some nice starburst decals on it. iwas in the river moving rocks around trying to divert the flow away from the eroding bank. anyway, ill talk to you soon, lou

  7. deanaoxo Says:

    Looks like that is a favorite of fish north to south. We used to catch snook with them. If you don’t know what they are, look into it, best eatin’ fish in the world(methinks). Old Line Side the old timers called them.

    That lure sure brought back some memories of fishing in the ten thousand islands in the days before gps! What a beauty! I’m going to look in my dad’s tackle box tomorrow night, and see how many are left!


  8. eric Says:

    would like to supply you with artificial fishing flies at a resonable charges .