Another shot of the teasticks
The next step for a lot of makers (i.e. germanbrown, et. al.) is the oven. LeeO nor I use ovens for heat treating. Just flame.
then split, sometimes despite the three year old
then nodework. plane off the pith, file the enamel, heat the shit out of it with a heatgun, then press in vice
then straightening. Fuck me I hate straightening. The only way it is moderately pleasant is when plenty of empty beer bottles are around to watch. No pics of straightening on my hard drive, I'm too angry at this stage to bother with photos. I do have some video of it that I used in my DVD on rodmaking, but not going to snip out that clip for you goobs. That would take effort, as does straightening. I digress.
Set forms. This pic was already uploaded so I'm using it. It was late one night, too late, when I made this. So excuse the gayness.
Every rod shop needs a mascot. At this point it is downhill so rub the mascot for luck.
then it is planing to .030" over target taper. then resetting the forms and planing to final. then scraping any microscopic residual pith off for good measure
then glue up. slather on some Titebond with a toothbrush, roll it up and run it through the binder.
roll it out for straightness and I lash it down back into my forms with duct tape to make sure it dries straight. then by the next day you can take off the binding cord, sand it off and it is ready to cut to length and ferrule.
no pics of ferruling on my hard drive.
then basically, it is finishing it out just like a plastic rod. only cooler.
that is the really ultra simple version. not including making the reel seat spacer and hardware on the metal lathe, hand twisting the snake guides and hammering out their feet, snapping at least one strip prior to glue up setting you back at least a week, the cussing that ensues, etc.