James guided me throughout the build, assisted when necessary and ensure that no major mistakes were made. The thing I underestimated and found most difficult was the finishing process. I had imagined this would be fairly straightforward and it isn't technically difficult, but it is quite laborious and time consuming. It needs a certain mindset to take things carefully and the temptation is to rush it, fit the components and go riding! This is where I made the most mistakes (or added the most creative flair!) To be honest, I hadn't really considered what finishes I would like to achieve until I got to that point and i would recommend that people do this beforehand as it has a big impact on the finished frame. Despite that, I love my finish, including all the quirks/mistakes! Also, although it's theoretically very simple, selecting the bamboo tubes was a lot more involved than I envisaged. It's worth taking time over this as it affects the look, feel and weight of the finished frame. The selection process also gets you to appreciate bamboo as a material gets you to be personally invested in the bike. Finally, wrapping bar tape well is harder than it looks!