I've never wrapped a rod before. Scale of 0-10 how difficult is it? I wouldn't wanna screw it up ya know?
I am probably the least handy guy in the world. I need to consult an owner's manual before operating a screw driver. I have, however, managed to build a couple of rods. The first one I did alongside a more experienced builder, but she didn't show or tell me anything that I didn't also see in any one of a zillion rod building videos available on the interweb. I still made a bunch of mistakes on that first one, but the only negative effects were aesthetic. Short of breaking the blank - which is hard to do - you really can't do much that's going to cause a major failure. I have fished that rod for two years and been very happy with what I got for a grand total of about $225 spent on the blank, reel seat, guides, grips, all building supplies, and the necessary tools, which were minimal. Full disclosure: I got the blank for $35 from Angler's Roost, but they are no longer in business :-( ... I also saved a few bucks by building a rod wrapping jig myself out of scrap wood. If I can do that, just about anyone who can eat with a fork and knife could as well. Hand wrappers/jigs are not very expensive to buy, but I'm super cheap. I'd give the rod about a 4 out of 10 for aesthetics and a 7 on functionality, mostly because I skimped a bit on some of the components. It casts and fishes just fine.
I'm just finishing build #2. Still made plenty of mistakes (none catastrophic), but corrected many more from the first build and learned a ton from both. This one is about a 7 on aesthetics. We'll see on the functionality, but I expect significant improvement over the first. I invested in better cork and components, and for not much more money, got much better stuff. I should have done that the first time around.
To make a long story longer, you can certainly do a build yourself and save a bunch of money. The first one may (or may not) be pretty, but it will cast and fish satisfactorily. Also, like catching fish on flies you tied yourself, there is a great boost in happiness and satisfaction that comes with fishing a rod you built yourself. Even if she isn't a perfect 10.