TREMONT – A Seal Cove man bought a cigar box full of old lures ten years ago.
After some careful research, he is putting his wood-working skills to a different use.
Christopher Augustus has been bobbing around in his three-door garage for nearly a decade.
“I make reproductions of antique patented fish lures from approximately 1900-1950,” said Augustus.
He tackles a number of different projects nearly every day.
“I’ll carve approximately 100 of the lure and I’ll paint about 80% of those,” he said.
Hand-turned with cedar or bass wood, hand-painted with six to eight coats of enamel based paint and capped off with a historical significance.
“After World War II, plastics took over the lure market,” said Augustus, “so that 50 year period is the golden age for wood fish lures in the United States.”
Today, Christopher makes these heirloom replica lures easy to come by.
“The challenge is trying to make them as accurate as the originals,” he said.
But it is what is behind the lures that is reeling collectors in.
“There’s a real history behind each lure that I make.”
Baiting them with a story to tell.
“This is called a Bass-Oreno,” he said pointing out a popular lure among fisherman. “Today, an original red, white, and blue one is worth over $1,500.”
Hooking them with a presentation any collector or fishermen would want to add to their trophy case.
“Most people don’t fish with these lures, they buy them as art,” said Augustus.
Each comes with a written history for the collector, along with a copy of the original patent and a wood-based gift box.
“It’s the perfect gift for your favorite fishermen,” he said. “They’re beautiful.”
Christopher can be seen traveling around the state to a number of festivals and art shows.
You can also find his work at a few shops around the state or on the Heirloom Lures website.