grip& reel seat:
Here are a few photos of the grips & reel seat of the rod. So far, so good. Excuse the rubber band on the reel seat - I put it there to keep the ring from sliding around while I'm working on it. Click on any photo for a larger image:
Here they are, all glued up & some varnish on them:
These are the ferrules. They're lapped in to fit together, & have been blued & clear-coated now ready for mounting onto the rod.
It's not much to see yet, but here is the raw bamboo that will make up your switch rod. It will be darker in the finished rod, as it hasn't been flamed in the photo yet. This is how it all starts.