"In a world overflowing with status quo, there are but only a few
who pursue excellence as a matter of principle."
I'd like offer some advice that may assist you in finding a rod builder suited to your needs.
Placing an order for a handcrafted fishing rod, regardless of the investment cost, should be a laid back and easy experience. If you find yourself entering into a build agreement with any level of trepidation, heed the warnings and contemplate whether contact has been made with the correct individual!
Consider the following while communicating with the builder:
The frightening truth is amateurs disguised as “Professional Rod Builders” are fairly prevalent within the industry. There are far fewer custom crafters with the necessary skill set(s) required to build a fishing implement that surpasses your expectations in terms of performance, design and construction durability, let alone surpass that of the big box, off-the-shelf models. You should find it alarming if a prospective builder references another builder's website as examples of what he's capable of producing. There is a high probability that the desire is there, but not the actual talent.
An established and professional builder should be able to send you photographs of his/her work and not someone else's! He/She should be able to provide you with examples of his/her skill level with images captured from work that he/she has physically created or they're merely plagiarizing aspirations he/she is dreaming to one day achieve.
Skill Set, Overall Cost, Build Time and Its Relevance to Value
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