Last night I put on a layer of special red-brown lacquer and the rods went into the box. When I rose this morning, it was with some trepidation I lifted the lid to check. Well, it wasn’t a disaster (as has been the case in the past, at my teacher’s workshop) and although the lacquer didn’t quite come out 100% how I wanted, generally the colouration is very rich, and with none of the dreaded specks of dust – the enemy of lacquer – that so ruins the finish.
The joints need to be sanded and re-lacquered maybe once more, then I can wrap the line pegs on and the rods are basically finished! Ready for my trip for wakasagi fishing next week, definitely.
NB: the rod at the front is not lacquered with the special stuff, which still just has the undercoat on.