I've been lurking for a few months and figured it was time to join since I finally finished my first crankbaits. I've really enjoyed reading this forum -there are a lot of extremely knowledgeable folks and the artistry and craftmenship is amazing. Like many of you, the bug has bitten me hard and have included pics of my first handmade cranks. I used super glue to install hook hangers, lips, and also seal the wood. Then I rattle canned and sealed with Devcon 2 ton epoxy and glitter. For the belly weights I used small split shots or ball bearings. I started with flatside blanks I ordered and the other lure was made from cedar. Its a cross bw a thornwood hawgnose and a poes(both shown for reference). I just sanded and put the first coat of paint on it. For the 3 others, my paint job is a kind of "Bandit Mistake" color. It is purplish/lavender on one side and more grey/silver on the other. The three flatsides have been curing for 4 days now, I'll probably try them out this weekend, can't wait!