Thought I would give you a look at how some custom builders start a build. In this case this is a graphite rod to be donated to the Southern California chapter of "Casting for Recovery" (CFR) So there will be some pink highlights on the rod. Basically we start with the blank, guides, tip top, cork, seat hardware, winding check and in this case a chunk of Olive.
A custom handle will be made by gluing up different types of cork. The Olive wood will be turning down for the reel seat insert. Unfortunately I will not be machining any wedding band hardware for this rod. For 4 weight rods and up I usually go with locking hardware, up-locking in this case.
The goal on this rod is to not let the pink highlights overwhelm the rod. To quote a breast cancer survivor "If I ever get another pink item, I think I will scream". Hearing her say that prompted me to tone down my urge to build a PINK rod. Too much of something is not always a good thing.
Check back in a couple of weeks to see how the "Casting for Recovery" rod turns out. And please support CFR in any way you can. The Southern California chapter of CFR is just getting set to fire up in 2012. The survivors needs all the support they can get. Check em out at: http://castingforrecovery.org/wordpress/?page_id=5519.
Until next time my friends,