I would like to introduce everyone to Olivia Elia, my bamboo rod building apprentice. Olivia built her first bamboo fly rod a few years ago, and has a goal of taking her rod building skills to a high level. Olivia is a very talented artist, photographer, musician, luthier, and and fly fishing angler, and you can see some of her talents showcased on her WEB site at: https://www.oliviaelia.com/.
Olivia has been living in Santa Rosa, CA for several years but just moved up here to Sisters Oregon. Her workshop skills are at a high level, and she has demonstrated fantastic skills towards rod building. It may not be too long before she is teaching me a few things about rod building. It will be great to have her working in my workshop as she continues to build her bamboo rod building skills. Here are a few photos of Olivia and I building rods together in my workshop: