Hell here's my story. I've been a carpenter for over 26 years, also had a rod in my hand since I was 4. Put these two things together and I've found what I was put here to do. (Other than be a father to two amazing kids). I began building just over 3 years ago.
I'm only 43 but with a set of bad hips and a couple herniated discs, the riggers of a steady carpentry job became very difficult. So now I work from home, able to spend all my time with my children.
The name Scabelly came from my nickname I acquired at the age of 16 when I had a terrible surfing accident. Broke almost all my ribs and in the process made a mess of my spleen. Docs fixed me up but it left me with a scar on my belly from my breast bone to belly button. Quickly became Johnny Scabelly. And it just felt like the perfect name for my plugs. My friends now just simply call me "Scabelly".
My plugs are built of yellow cedar. Thru wired and using hardware Ranging from 90 - 200lbs rating. Ranging in size from 3" - 9". Wieghts ranging from 1 - 4oz. And costs ranging from $20 - $50.
Just for example, my glider design took me 3 weeks, 15 blanks and 27 trips to the water to swim test before I had it right. I am a perfectionist when it comes to the finish and especially the action of my plugs. There are a few videos of the action of some if my plugs recently posted on my Facebook page " Team Scabellys Plugs".
Which is one of the two places, as of right now, where my plugs can be purchased By spring I hope to be hanging in at least two of my local shops here in toms river nj. But the setup isn't set in stone yet. So I won't mention the shops just yet. Also have been contacted by a couple shops up in Massachusetts. Is say 90% of my sales head up that way. Altho recently have expanded my buyer location from nj, ny, pa, ma, de, mass, conn, and ri, to also including nh, sc and ca. Very exciting time for me