I built two,12 foot float rods in the in the early seventies from Ferrule-less LERC blanks.
One (the first 1) was using drilled cork, the 2nd one was using tape.
I was about 17 at the time & whipped the eyes on myself having watched my Dad do it many times but as Keith says - although making a good Job of that, the "Shop Bought" finish was almost impossible to achieve at home in those days.
No amount of varnish could build up the finish of the modern, generally available epoxies of today.
The rod manufacturers at that time maybe didn't want the likes of us to have it!!
From memory, the front & back cork rings were pre-formed to stop the sliding reel rings from coming off??
Keith, do you remember Matt Foster's (Tommy Ruffe) Beautifully crafted rods on that old forum??
Edited by Martin56, 07 July 2019 - 10:32 PM.