Thanks for the speedy reply! I'll need to do more research before delving into this rod building hobby and perhaps picking up a few books or DVD's on this topic. Eventually, I want to start building a four piece spinning rod made from a four-piece fly rod blank as they are easier to pack and store in luggage for travel. I don't mind starting with inexpensive materials on the first few rods until I feel comfortable with tying in the guides, placing and securing reel seats and cork as well as finishing. Perhaps, I'll make appointment with you to visit your Valley Custom Shop to check out products and maybe see some of your work.
I have a feeling if I start with rod building I'll be addicted to it! I don't mind taking my time behind a bench. For now, I'll shoot you a email through your website and give you a heads up when I'll be able to visit. Thanks for your time, Mark!