Nate, I am not trying to take away from Juro's suggestion. You might look around for some of the flyfishing sites that have rod building, there is a good one in NY, but I had a computer crash, and lost the URL. Cabella's has a good flyfishing catalog, which has rod building supplies. I personally have built rods since about 1960. Most rods that I fish today I have built myself. Anytime anyone wants some help I will do my best to help. You do not need much equipment to build a rod, a bobbin, a large round file. I find one of the hardest things is opening up the cork handle, and the reel seat. Nate great response to Tom Meade.