I have never built one from scratch but have rebuilt quite a few. There are some great books out there on how to make some of the decorative wraps on the butt section. I was able to get a nice result on a couple of my rods. Took a couple trys but is worth the effort when you get it right. I also learned from an older man on a cheap flea market rod that I had found. Caught tons of fish with it and received many compliments on how origanal it was, Goo Luck!