Mike - I love the planning part of anything I do. WHen was coding, I'd love figuring out why somehting happened and how to fix it. My issue is....actually doing the work! lol.
Tim - thanks. I really do love what I do and take a great deal of pride in every rod I build, even the plain black on black rods, I do my best to make them look as good as they will fish. I just got a Superman rod order, not quite Stan lee, but close
Ernie - I don't have many issues with wraps. I'm 45 now, and I'm starting to have a hard time reading menus. SO I guess it's not long before I cant' see the threads. While I spend a lot of time on teh wrpas, I really breeze through them quickly.
There is no secret to the checkerboards/bricks. HEre's a pic before they were turned down. Once they were, I had to dig the grip out to fit the inlays in them, there was no room for error. If I screwed up, which is very easy - I would have had to start making the brick grips over from scratch. It was 6 hours to do the bricks. It took 3 full hours on teh timer to dig the grip out to fit the names in them, and it was very stressfull. WHen I was done, I was extremely proud that I pulled it off. Most of this stuff I can go through the motions and make something look awesome and perfect. THis was a lot for me, and I don't give a crap if anyone likes or dislikes teh finished product - I know what went into this and how far I pushed myself and that is worth more to me than anything including the money fro the grips (which were "only" $675)