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Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Billy Vivona (---.nycmny.fios.verizon.net)
Date: May 10, 2017 07:13AM

Long time RBO poster, Ken Preston passed away. Ken made a couple of DVD's on rodbuilding, and was a big promoter of the craft. he spent so much time in here helping people from teh inception of this forum. He was very big into having fun, had a positive attitude, and was extremely supportive towards other builders.
I first met Ken at the ICRBE in Charlotte, NC in 2005. David Boyle had a mini booth with Mudhole right next to Ken's booth, so we spent a lot of time at this show getting to know each other. On the second day of the show, Ken gave a seminar and asked me to watch his booth. HE came back to a crowd of people and me doing a Dec Wrap. This was my first time at a show, and the first time wrapping in front of a crowd like that, answerring questions. I loved it, and when I returned from the show I spread the word to my NERBs freinds that we had to get a booth next year. I owe a lot of gratitude to KEn for that, I always joked about it when I saw him at his booth, or at the MAryland Gatheirng in 2015.
So what did Ken sell at his booth? Nothing, he always had a booth just to promote teh craft - ask questions, hang out and share some life stories and in general pass on his positivity. We lost a really good guy today

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: David Boyle (---.lns3.win.bigpond.net.au)
Date: May 10, 2017 07:23AM

Very sad news. Best wishes to his family.

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: David Baylor (---.neo.res.rr.com)
Date: May 10, 2017 07:34AM

Oh man. I know he posted in some of the threads I've asked questions in. His answers were always helpful. The community is going to miss him.

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 10, 2017 07:36AM

Sad news indeed! My condolences to his family and friends. Never met Ken but his posts here were always helpful and informative. He will be missed.
Norm

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: May 10, 2017 07:47AM

Ken's passing is a tremendous loss for the rod building community.

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Don @ American Tackle (---.biz.bhn.net)
Date: May 10, 2017 08:45AM

The world lost a great man today.....One of the first people I got to know at the ICRBE show was Ken Preston. Ken was one of those guys that everyone loved, always had a smile and was always telling great stories. Ken was one of those guys that would share every bit of knowledge that he possessed. I remember sitting around a table for many hours listening to his stories of world travel, working in opal mines and talking about rod building. Most every night turned into morning as we lost track of time. Ken will be greatly missed by myself and a tons of other people. I am glad that I could call him my friend. Lord, thank you for loaning us your angel.

_______________________________
Blessings, Don Morse

800-516-1750 ext. 1207 / don@americantackle.us

Rod Building..... It's What We Do.

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Robbie Smith (---.75.117.75.dynamic.ip.windstream.net)
Date: May 10, 2017 09:42AM

Ken was a deeply talented man. He made bamboo rods the old school way and I doubt many folks know that. I have one and it will see action next week. His surf rods which included bead wraps made with Lana are simply incredible. He was extremely helpful to me in this business and I am so thankful he became my friend. His legacy will be one of sharing and his complete body of work was wide. I know of no other builder who could excel in making a split cane rod from culm and also create innovation on the artistic side. I hope someone can carry his torch.

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Mud Hole Custom Tackle (---.se.biz.rr.com)
Date: May 10, 2017 10:50AM

On behalf of the entire team and Mud Hole Custom tackle we offer our condolences to the Preston family. Those of us here that were fortunate enough to have met Ken all considered him a friend. The relationships and memories Ken cultivated with us personally and with everyone in the rod building world are a testament to his character and spirit. He will be sorely missed, but the impact he had on our craft and community will live on.

Regards.
Team Mud Hole Custom Tackle
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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Matthew Paul (---.lightspeed.milwwi.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 10, 2017 11:05AM

Condolences to the family of Ken you will be gone but not forgotten Fish.I.P.

The best day to be alive is always tomorrow !!
Think out side the box when all else fails !!!
Wi.

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Lou Auret (204.16.161.---)
Date: May 10, 2017 01:39PM

A good man gone, condolences to his family.
He will be missed by many.

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: May 10, 2017 03:32PM

With 4038 posts he was always ready to be helpful. Our prayers with him and family. Lynn

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: larry basilio (---.phlapa.fios.verizon.net)
Date: May 10, 2017 05:25PM

sorry to hear that,He was a great guy . met him once at a rodbuilding show .

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 10, 2017 06:44PM

WOW, I he is gone way too early! A fine gentleman, and good story teller. Loved having beers with him late ate ICRBE. I could always call him with questions and he usually had the answers..

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: bill boettcher (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: May 12, 2017 10:56AM

Dam Shame - He was a good man and new what he was doing as a builder - He will be missed

Bill - willierods.com

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Tony Scott (---.bltmmd.east.verizon.net)
Date: May 14, 2017 01:04PM

I will truly miss Ken and now regret not getting down there to NC to fish with him. The first time I met Ken was at an ICRBE in Charlotte, NC when I had decided I wanted to learn rod building. I asked him if he gave classes and he gruffly said "No". Anyone that knows him can understand what I experienced. His comedic timing was perfect and as I was taken aback, he then said "But you can come over and spend as many hours as you want and I will teach you anything you want to know". After one or two visits, he would just leave me alone at his house while I used his equipment and he went off some trip or errand. I was astounded how gracious someone could be. That's just the kind of guy he was and I am really saddened to have heard about his passing.

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: John Lentz (---.pools.spcsdns.net)
Date: May 14, 2017 10:01PM

Sorry to hear Ken was a great guy. Enjoyed his seminars, sense of humor, rod building knowledge, and great attitude. He truely will be missed. Prayers to his family.

John

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Steve Cox (---.client.mchsi.com)
Date: May 16, 2017 01:38PM

Once you meet Ken in person, like so many of us were privileged to do, you had a phenomenal source of rod building info and tips just a quick text away. As busy as he was, I would drop some question to him out of the blue and usually within a day had an enlightening answer. Humble and great. We lost a great one!

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Re: Sad news - Ken Preston
Posted by: Arthur Moody (---.dsl.rtmc.net)
Date: May 16, 2017 04:29PM

I, like many got to meet Ken at the ICRBE and also attended some of his seminars to boot. I would only add to what was already said above. I remember Ken speaking and telling us about the UV curing method for a quick repair to rod guides and him saying that he thought that it possibly was a awesome and fast way to get the rod back to the customer in a timely manner especially the charter fleet when time is money where you use your equipment daily.

I'm very saddened to hear although I don't think Ken attended the last couple of expos that we had in Winston Salem and I wondered how he was doing.

Billy, appreciate you letting us know about him and from what you wrote you got to know Ken even much more.

Including myself like many others learning the craft of rod building, we better pay attention the veterans are leaving us and rod building has lost two great in the last two months back to back.

Ken, I hope you catch many silver kings up there.

Arthur Moody

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