Charles Alvey used a treadle lathe to turn Silky Oak for the back and spool of the first 3″ and 4″ diameter reels. The back support, line guide and ratchet parts were hand filled from cast gunmetal.
Ken Alvey formed a partnership with his father Charles. Increased demand led to the acquisition of a Capstan lathe which was powered by a kerosene engine. Full backs of Cast Gunmetal were now machined, as were brass spindles and nuts.
Rose wood and Red Bean timbers were used to make the spools. A brass plate was screwed to the spools of the 5″ side cast, and the 5″, 6″ and 7″ game fishing reels to increase line capacity. Bermabrite, an aluminium alloy was used for the 7″ overhead game reels.
Bakelite, a thermosetting plastic was used to mould 3″
and 4″ diameter spools. Some 4″ backs were also moulded.
Marine grade Maple Bondwood was used for the larger boat reels up to 12″ diameter spools.
The gunmetal supports on the stainless steel back were replaced by stainless steel supports which were spot welded to the backs.
With the acquisition of several 100 ton compression moulders, spools could be manufactured from Phenolic Resin and Fibreglass.
As a result of the damage caused by the Brisbane River flood, wooden spools ceased to be manufactured. A new material mix of polyester and fibreglass replaced the use of cedar.
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