I just started with a new student and we build a rod together, the student does everything, I just offer advice and then act as a fast forward button to keep things moving. This way the student does every aspect of the build him/herself and learns every technique. In the end the student leaves with a rod. My latest sudent told me he feels that the lessons are free as he gets a rod to fish. I know there are a few people that can learn to build on their own but I still believe that a class or a one on one format really accelerates the process. So if you are fence sitting or stuck as it relates to starting your first rod consider taking a class. There are plenty of great instructors across North America, let us know where you live and we will be happy to make some recommendations.
I am a cane rod builder and co-founder of Canadian Cane