Custom fly tying desks

June 26, 2009

Fly Tying

Tim Tibbals has been building custom furniture and cabinets since 1981, first learning the trade at a small shop in Redwood City, California. Through the years, he worked at a number of larger shops that produced high-end products for both the commercial and residential markets.

In 1991, Tim branched off on his own, doing much of the same work he had done for others in the previous ten years but now making custom fly tying desks. After taking a fly tying class in 2000, he recognized the need for organization and storage for fly tyers.   A simple design was created, and from that evolved a line of furniture that has been highly acclaimed by fly tyers across the country.

birdsallBeing organized as you tie flies makes you more efficient and allows you to better enjoy your craft.  Being organized and tying in the comfort of your favorite room in the house is even better! Discriminate fly tyers around the country have discovered the best of both worlds in their purchase of a desk from Tibbals’ Wood Studio.

Each desk is handcrafted per order from selected woods and is made with the utmost attention to detail. The design is simple yet provides an ample workspace with storage for materials, spools of thread and wire, and all your tools.

Fully assembled at the shop, the desk is “knocked-down” and carefully packaged for shipping. Upon arrival, your desk is easily re-assembled with complete instructions.

The standard wood used is Alder, which is beautifully finished in a “Shaker Cherry” stain. The finish is an environmentally friendly, water-based polyurethane that provides an everlasting, durable finish.

Other woods such as oak, cherry, walnut and hickory are available. Custom stain colors are available as well. You can visit the “FAQ” page for more details.


You can contact Tim at Tibbals’ Wood Studio:

Via E-mail-

Via Telehone- (970) 412-8145

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10 Responses to “Custom fly tying desks”

  1. JayMorr Says:

    Awesome product but way to expensive. Honestly if Tim would lower the prices on his beautiful work, I think tiers would be tying more on his desks. Most tyers cannot afford this type of furniture. It reminds me of how the fly fishing industry is moving towards as a whole, outlandish markups and unfortunately it is the future generation of fly fishers that will suffer. It is discouraging to say the least. I do not mind paying good money for exceptional quality, but I also would like to see the product become affordable for the hardcore dudes that are tying daily!

    Beautiful product! I wish I could afford one.



  2. Chubbs Says:

    those desks look awesome. I love how thought out it is and functional. great custom work.


  3. Amy Wagner | Fishing Says:

    Wow those are great but have to agree with Jay they are a little on the expensive side I know that its hand made and all but times are a little tough at the moment, his work is really stunning.


  4. Pops Says:

    Jay and Amy, look at it this way and you may change your mind about the price. For the price of four guided trips you can have a piece of artwork you can enjoy the rest of your life and pass it down to your grandchildren. Affordable furniture probably will not last ten years before the drawers start falling apart.


  5. Jimmy D Says:

    In addition to as Pops pointed out the durability of hand crafted. You may wish to considera few other things as well. I retired from being a programmer more than eight years ago in my late 30’s to pursue a more simple life of being a wood worker and spending more time on the river fishing. I’ve been a part-time wood worker since learning the craft from my grandfather as a child. In building a setting up my own shop which I’ve produced many tying desks for customer over the years I would recommend considering the following.

    1. The time invested to become a skilled woodworker – over thirty years in my case.

    2. The steel building – pad – wiring – phase converter to run three phase shop equipment was over $35,000

    3. All tools – spray gun and equipment for finishes – as we ll as building assembly tables and work benches materials for said benches was another $25,000

    4. The cost of materials for building materials per board feet is certainly not cheep these days – fuel and transport prices cause greater increases in materials – not to. Entire the US Government charges soe nasty import duties on exotic species do hard woods.

    5. A mentioned in number 1 – my power consumption with shop equipment running 220 and on three phase for several of the larger machines is easily $400 plus per month when I’m producing a lot of pieces.

    6. Shipping of each piece or delivery if its in my home state of Colorado is further fuel costs – plus the investment of a enclosed trailer for delivery was $2500 – and my 2001 Dodge diesel is costing me $4.00 plus dollars a gallon to fill up for a total tank cost of $130 each fill up… And I get better fuel economy than any of the newer Diesels – which after the huge outlay you now see – I couldn’t afford a new one if I wanted one…

    So, rather than be rather one sided in your views and ask the small talented craftsman to reduce his prices on a product that he should be selling for several hundred more than he currently is. Perhaps you can direct your annoyance at the cost of well made goods away from the individuals whom exhibit the skill and talent to be a producer in our once great republic and was the backbone of building this country towards the lazy, non-producers filling the hallowed halls of our government offices.

    Your merely seeing the outcome of letting those whom only merit in life is taking from those whom produce and giving to those whom don’t. So, if its cheaper prices you want and not quality that last for several lifetimes – then head on down to Walmart where they’re rolling back prices on inferior made junk 24 hrs per day…


  6. Jimmy D Says:

    Sorry for typos – auto spell on the ipad gets me every time.


  7. Fish Finders Says:

    Absolutely beautiful fly tying desk you’ve got right there. My setup is a bit more simple than yours, but when I upgrade, I’m definitely going to be referring to this article! Thanks for sharing.


  8. Hunter O Says:

    I bought one of these in 2006. What i have is EXACTLY the desk in the picture, except I have a fish logo instead of the round fly logo in the middle.

    The look and functionality of this desk design were exactly what I was looking for, so I ordered it despite the high price — which I attributed to the time necessary for hand crafting something like this (it is advertised as individually hand-crafted). What I received was something entirely different.

    First of all, there is no way this is hand made and then torn down for shipping. It comes packaged IKEA style, with all the individual pieces packaged in styrofoam. If this is not made and packaged somewhere in Asia (noting the poor grammar of the instructions) I’m a monkey’s uncle. the overall quality is worse than the cheapest thing you could buy at IKEA. At least their stuff fits together. On this “handmade” desk, there are no runners or slides for the drawers — they just fit through rectangular holes in the front face with no other support. You can move each drawer side to side within the opening by at least a 1/4 inch. If you pull a drawer out more than an inch or so, it falls forward spilling the contents on the desk. Any person who had even basic cabinet making skills would not build a drawer this way. The drawers themselves are stapled together, not dovetailed as advertised.

    The work surface — which is some sort of plastic — attaches to an incredibly thin and flimsy frame, to which the wobbly legs then attach. All of these connection are to be made with the supplied bag of thin 1″ brads (yes, brads) that you are somehow supposed to hammer through into the base of the work surface. Once all assembled, we picked it up to move it and the top half completely separated from the bottom half. After a trip to the hardware store for some small (and ugly) L brackets and screws, I remedied that problem, but it is still, at the end of the day, a complete piece of junk. Whoever is advertising this as a fine piece of hand crafted furniture should be exposed so that others don’t waste their money as I did.

    Oh, and by the way, “gillandfin”, through whom I purchased this, refused to take a return or make good on the misrepresented product in any way.


    bryan Reply:

    Thanks for your post. Really making me reconsider my options.



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