Jeff, I too was a "Crank and Glue" man until I watched Joe and Todd doing their stuff. It's getting better but I'm still not there yet. Each time I watch I learn a bit more. The single wrap of thread was a major breakthrough.
Forming the pillow seems to be pretty critical also - sometimes it comes out fine, sometimes like a solid lump which defeats the object.
Great to see you here Joe and look forward to saying Hi at Wilmington.
When sight fishing, look over your shoulder from time to time, you never know who's behind you