Books on Rod Building
I built my first rod last year (T&T 9ft 5wt 4-piece) and bought two books that seemed to help me:
"Rod-Building Guide" by Tom Kirkman ... covers fly, spinning, casting and trolling rods
"Fly Rod Building Made Easy" by Art Scheck ... covers only fly rods ... but I liked it better ... step by step instructions
Buy both ... lots of pictures and tips ... there are also lots of website and suppliers to help you get started too.
I was lucky my fishing club has classes on rod building during the winter and it helps to have some one to ask a question ... before the epoxy hardens and you have a $600 tomato stake.
BTW, I would like to make a Spey rod next ... does any one know of a book or web site that has step by step instructions for a new and and slow witted rod builder like me? The handle and reel seat are the areas I would like help on. Wrapping guides and ferrals I am ok at.