The J.D. Wagner Rod Company Ingrid Sils
Many individuals become discontented with their careers and wonder what would it be like to turn a hobby into a full-time business. But those who follow through with such a plan often come to the realization that full-time work is full-time work -- and that being your own boss does not allow for vacations, much less paid vacations. However, there are exceptions and one example is the J.D. Wagner Rod Company, located in Parma Heights, Ohio. For the past eight years, Jeff Wagner has been a full-time cane rod-maker; he was joined in 1997 by his partner in life, Casimira Orlowski. This man-and-wife team now produces approximately 60 rods each year. They offer rods in three different series: the Patriot series, priced at around $700; the Signature series, starting at $1,500; and the Presentation series. Their benchmark Signature series offers the angler a choice of 20 different tapers in either 2-piece or 3-piece design, a rather extensive menu.
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