Good job Luke, the handles look great.
Good quality cork is like hens teeth these days and the difinition of 'quality' seems to have been somewhat downgraded in recent years too. Even on high end factory fly rods the grip seems to have a significant amount of filler these days. I always like to give all my rods a coat of cork preserver when I buy them or build them - it is good stuff but it really highlights the flaws in poor cork once it is on!Cheers!! The inserts are speckled cork rings from guides n blanks, they're really nice to work, like a reliable composite cork that it the same quality (lack of holes) as top class Flor cork.. Also comes in about 5 colours, I'm thinking about doing the whole handle of the next rod with it.. It'd work out cheaper than half decent cork by quite a margin!
:muttley:A 14 post (and counting ) cork thread...............................its been a long winter!