I will be heading down to Smitty's den of iniquity this weekend to make the first cut >sniff< on a beautiful SAGE European two-handed blank to kick off the program. With the tasmanian rod-builder on hand, the thing will be ready to cast (temporary handle and guides) in short order. I hope to throw something on it the same day.
If anyone's up for it let me know and we can coordinate times to meet at Smitty's Rod Builder's Workshop, 3A a mile off the highway (rte 3) headed east, in Kingston MA. I'll bring the SWFF swap flies in case you are in the swap and want to pick up your batch.