Taper and rod design - I've made rods now for over two decades. In that time, I learned how to design a rod to function as a superb fishing tool. This design work is done empirically, by building and field testing and then building another. All rods I now make are of my own design.

Gary Howells records - When I acquired Gary H. Howells' rod shop, I also got all of his original rod making notes, shop notes, shop books, records, and some memorabilia. I have benefitted immeasurably from this material.

Bamboo - Gary Howells had about 400 bamboo culms which I got when I acquired Gary's rod shop. These culms are all well-aged. This cane is now stored in drying racks.