Re: Rod lathe/wrapper
I agree, however if you are willing to be patient and keep your first try simple, then you may want to start with a wooden V notch system. Once you get comfortable with more challenging stuff like spine finding, reel seat setting, and guide placement you'll have more confidence. None of that is particularly difficult coincidently.
Fiberglass surf blanks are fun and easy to work with. I find fresh water rods with single foot guides more difficult and tedious.