I was going thru some old boxes in storage, and came across my dad's old fishing handline. This handline is at least 10 years older than me, purchased by Dad when he lived in post-war occupied Japan. He was one of the first American troops landing in Japan after the surrender in September of 1945. He landed in Aomori, Japan (directly from Manila, Philippines), and was in charge of disposing of the weapons of war in that area. About 6 months later he was transferred to US Army Headquarters in Tokyo. He liked it so much there he wound up staying in Japan for 21 years until 1966 when he was transferred (kicking and screaming) to Hawai'i. Anyways being a New England Yankee with fishing and dories in his blood he bought a house near the beach in Chiba, Japan in 1949 and had a local boatwright make him a rowing dory which he kept on the beach. He purchased several locally made wood handline reels which he used to fish from his dory in Tokyo Bay. This wooden handline reel the last of his Japanese made reels he continued to use into my teen years always preferring a handline to a rod & reel. The center pivoting handle was long-gone but still usable as is. It was loaded with about 200 feet of 1/8" tarred nylon twine which I'm guessing he loaded on the reel in the late '60s replacing whatever natural fiber twine that was on it previously. This tarred nylon is still in great condition. I removed all the line (in my truck bed) and went to work trying to restore some of it's previous glory especially the center pivoting handle. Originally these reels contained no metal parts, and no glue held together instead with tight friction fit and wood pins. I used a length of 1/2" wood dowel for the center pivot/handle forcing it into the old holes in frame then pinning them in place with bamboo skewer stick sections then trimmed flush. I used a 4.5" length of PVC pipe as handle that the 1/2" dowel could spin in which is great for paying line out letting the reel spin. I kept the old bent outer dowels of the frame. Retrieval of line is all by hand- hand over hand the reel only used as a line storage device. I used 2 nylon washers to prevent PVC pipe from rubbing against the wood frame and a brass cotter pin that I use to keep the handle on. Not 100% restoration but a slight improvement to original design for ease of use. I sanded the PVC pipe rough and coated with brown shoe polish for a faux wood finish. The wood reel itself I coated with an exterior Watco oil in a dark finish I had on had. The old wood really soaked it up good. Tomorrow I will rewind the old tarred line back onto the reel, and hopefully I can try it out bottom fishing in Kailua Bay the next time I take my dory (inherited from Dad) out. Apologies for the long-winded story.