I'm in the process of making an 11'6" fiberglass rod from blank material. Lot's of info out there, and here. He's right: it is not complicated, but it takes patience and getting set up right.
I usually spend some time during the slow winters and visit my local bait and tackle shops. Most all of those guys like to fish, and they can supply some things such as line guides, reel seats and stuff. Even give you few tips. That's the good thing about the local shop owners getting to know you: They know you're good for dropping a couple bucks here and there, so they'll tune a novice in some what.
I like the dying practice of buying stuff at the mom and pop stores rather than the big chains.