Well done Jasper. How do you like casting the glass?
I also agree on the cork, looks very clean.
Oh and by the way, I have never used a wrapper. I don't care about speed, and I feel like I have a lot of control being able to angle the rod and adjust the tension however I want, so I am not likely to change. But again, I can't really compare since I have never used a wrapper.
So first things first! Great first rod! I like how consistent your thread wraps are, no gaps, and nicely leveled.
The only criticism I have is that it appears you used some thread epoxy that was probably at the end of it's pot life. One set of the wraps looks nice and level whereas the wrap near the butt section seems to have some ripples in it. In general you want the epoxy to be like mineral oil (or warm syrup) when applying. Once it gets closer to motor oil (or warm honey) you should pitch that pot and start with a fresh batch.... Seems wasteful, but in the long run it makes it even smoother and glossy.