Bell Buckle TN, wow, I haven't been there in 40 years. Is the Webb School still open?

Anyway, one of the best resources for a beginner is the late Al Campbell's 12 part series on building a graphite rod. It covers everything in simple and easily understandable terms. I used to have a direct link to it but it doesn't work any more. Go to the FAOL home page. On the left side is a column of links. Go to Features, then Rod Building and there will be a link to Building a Graphite Rod. This link will take you to the first of 12 articles. At the bottom of this page are the links to the rest of the articles.