we must work at the same place...slow day. thanks for the laugh...i've been there. I have dropped freshly varnished rods on the floor, slammed brand new tips section in the door on the way out to give the first cast, had children break rods before completion, and had splines magically flip inside out during glue up (note: have a bathtub ready to wash TB111 off in case a screw up). I'm with you...its a labor of love and well worth every mistake and blunder.
how else is one suppose to be a cranky old rod builder.
and for the record...every rod turned out and has its place in the rotation and you can throw a freshly glued rod in the bath, wash all the glue off, stick it in the heater vent for one hour at 75 degrees and reglue it with no problems.
after all....its just a fishin'pole.