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19th Century Furling Tool

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Product Description

The 19th Century Furling Tool is no longer available for purchase. We are leaving this informational page available. The Power Fibers article linked below has complete instructions on making your own tools and furling horse hair lines.

19th Century Furling Tool

This furling tool is based on the design we re-discovered in "British Rural Sports: Comprising Shooting, Hunting, Coursing, Fishing, Hawking, Racing, Boating, Pedestrianism, and the Various Rural Games and Amusements of Great Britain" by Stonehenge (the pen name for John Henry Walsh), published in 1867:

“Next procure three pieces of strong goose-quill, each about half an inch long, and fit loosely into them three pieces of deal three or four inches long”

The 19th Century Furling Tool is our adaptation from this description. They are made of deal (pine) and goose quill just like the originals. However, we wrap the quills with colored thread and varnish to make them last longer and paint the stick ends to match. This color-coding greatly helps keep the furling sequence in the correct order. The entire process is described in Michael Hackney's Power Fibers article.

You can download and read the 19th Century Furling Tool product sheet included with the tool.

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  1. Furl your own horse hair line! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Aug 2010

    I have been reproducing horse hair lines and snoods for many years using various twisting methods described in early angling literature, including a "Treatyse Jig," Williamson's goose quill roll/twist, or a Walton's Engine. I was fascinated when I learned that Michael had "rediscovered" a method of making tapered knot-less lines. Such a one-piece line is much easier to use, so after first acquiring from Michael a set of his quills needed for the process, I start making them using the written material Michael furnished. I also acquired one of the horse hair lines he makes for my collection. Now I think I make fine horse hair lines and snoods, but in my opinion Michael is an artist, and I am proud to have one of his knot-less one-piece lines for my collection. Moreover, I will be showing it to my students as an excellent example of a properly constructed one-piece horse hair line in all of my historic angling classes and lectures. I highly recommend that you consider obtaining one of Michael's lines for your collection, or for fishing in a period correct "antique" manner. I also suggest that you consider making one yourself using his quill tools and the fine horse hair he offers his customers.


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