They say necessity is the Mother of invention. No argument there. Filling a need with the resources at hand is a time honored skill. Call it ingenuity. Call it McGyvering. Its a desirable attribute.
Recent my friend Phil, who now resides in the hillsides of northern California, sent me a photograph of a fly tying vise made from a small Vise-Grip. Nice.
Yes, in this life its all about mind over matter. Phil and his friend Paulo welded a Vise-Grip to a post and a base. Bingo, new tool.
Sturdy, inexpensive, and very versatile, this is an effective fly vise born out of that precious process we call creativity.