Will do and much appreciated...
Bob, that's a great looking rod, especially for a first time build. I have always wondered about bamboo, but since I can't cast a graphite rod with any skill, I've assumed that it would be best to not consider wasting my time/money on bamboo.
But it may be time to build one, even if I end up giving it away...Did you go with a ferruled or non-ferruled blank? Where did you go for the other hardware?
I think I need a project....
"Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."
With the exception of the agate stripper, I bought the guides from snakeguides.com. I bought the reel seat from rec.com. I probably could have gotten everything from anglersworkshop.com where I ended up buying the agate stripping guide and wrapping thread.
It was a fun project. I highly recommend it. Even buying the ferruled blank you can keep the price under $500. By the way, I didn't buy an extra tip. My logic was that I didn't know if I would keep it, and if I did, I knew I was going to make a second rod. (I have 2 sons. ;-)
I think I'm a bamboo convert if not evangelist.
800 miles North of the country's best wild trout fishing