I've got an old 9 ft bamboo rod that I am refinishing. I am considering making a shorter rod out of it. It is a slow rod, so my first idea is to cut 1 foot off the butt section, cut 3 inches off the tip and end up with a 7 ft 9 inch rod. Has anyone done this? Any pointers?

The second idea I have is to just take the top 2 sections and make a 6 ft banty rod. I've seen some rods done like this on ebay.