As a project for a class at MIT in Cultural Prosthetics
, I designed and built an attachment for a young man in New Hampshire who enjoys fly fishing. I met him through Northeast Passage
, a non profit focused on disability-related health promotion and adapted sports programs. I also contact Project Healing Waters
for advice, and consulted their videos to see what solutions they have come up with.
Their existing designs are functional, but jury-rigged and sometimes literally taped together. I think that a better design that integrates the fishing rod directly with the prosthetic is possible.
It's not a totally finished piece, but I hope the photos and video can help inspire someone else.