Whiting rod lacquering

Second layer on the body of the rod.

I took advantage of the snowy weather we had to lacquer my shirogisu whiting rod.  Winter is by far the worst time of year for lacquering as the temperature is so low, about 12 of Celsius’ degrees in my working room, the lacquer comes out too stiff and thick to brush out evenly, and the air so dry the lacquer cures so slowly.  The lacquer came out very rich, but a little patchy in places; I certainly need to re-do the butt of the rod.  Anyhow, after one more layer on the joints I am ready to start wrapping the guides onto the rod, and hopefully it will be ready for use when the whiting season starts proper, this Spring.

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