Ever wonder why bamboo rods are so expensive? This video from Nick Taransky does a pretty good job of showcasing why each rod costs so much, and why multi-year wait lists are a thing. Particularly telling is the quote, attributed to Pinky Gillum, that when you buy a bamboo rod you're essentially buying two weeks of the rod builder's life.
I love tools and the skill it takes to use them well so watching this video was a treat. Whether or not I ever own a bamboo rod I have an immense amount of respect for the people that have spent the time to learn how to create them.