Mike dropped off the map and lives in a shack in the Seirras. I don't think he has made any rods for a while. He put his equipment in storage. I miss the old bastard. He made me a sweet 4 wt bamboo to remember my old man when he passed. He used to frequent Grassart.net but hasn't been there in a while. Mems.
Mike was a helpful and entertaining contributor to Grassart, as well as a host of others including yourself. It too dropped off the map. I knew of Mike's move. I think the shack and surrounding property originally belonged to his father.
I like the old rods with the intermediate wraps. Most of these rods were made with animal glue, which would soften on warm days or after a few hours of fishing, and wasn't very durable. The intermediate wraps helped hold things together. If you are restoring or refinishing a rod with intermediate wraps, you really need to replace them.
Even with modern glues, some rod makers, including me, put intermediate wraps on butt and mid sections of hollow-built rods, especially those that are used for salmon, steelhead or other big fish.
On the other hand, I hate intermediate wraps because they are a time-consuming PITA to do. Yet another reason why I'd rather make a rod from scratch than do a refinishing job!