Scott I build most of my rods and put on better components that most of the rod manufactures. This is where they save money. So I usually save about $200 off the list price of a $650 rod.
Before you get the blank practice on a dowel to get your wraps down. Not that hard. The most difficult process is the finish. You must control the epoxy and make sure you work in a dust free environment.
A tip on the epoxy ,thin it by warming it up before you apply .