I am also gearing up to make a bamboo rod, this will be my second rod. For years I wrapped an occasional plastic rod, all the while lusting over my fishing buddys collection of 40 plus Bamboo. I found another freind who restored them, and then started building them. So bought and old rattler Japanese rod, and refinished it. It came out good enough to hang on the wall. Since then I have restored or refinshed around 20 or so. Then I got interested in building. The guys on the Bamboo listserve, gave me the idea to build a PMQ. (where you dont have to have a set of forms). So I built one, and it turned out pretty good. So I have Ordered a set of forms, (from Bellinger) I already have the plane and I am building a heating oven. And a binder, and I'am sure that I'll find a number of other tools in time that I can't "live" without! I live withen Walking distance of the Naches and Tieton River, plus I am retired. So having time to build and Test the rods I build is'nt going to be a problem. So its off to work I go!