I did try it. Couple of things I experienced my first time:
1. Knowing when to take out the fiber blanket plug in the hole in the board. I thought I'd take it out around 1400-1450, so I could see it when it started to flow. Bad idea. The small glass bubble at the bottom of the pot cooled off, and it didn't get soft until I put the plug back in. But then I left it in too long (maybe 5 minutes), and when I pulled it out, I got a big glob of glass with it.
2. Having done this once, I'd recommend getting some Kevlar gloves to use, maybe even the arm protectors. Not the big, bulky mitts we all have, but just the ones that look like knit gloves. The regular mitts are too bulky, but just using tweezers or hemostats with no protection made me a little wary. The hot glass hitting my hand or arm would cause me to jump and stop pulling, and you couldn't grab a cooling, but still hot piece to help change the direction of the pull. The guy in the video has done this a lot that he can work with the mitts, but I found them too bulky to do much with any sort of control.
3. The coolest thing, which I had forgotten, is that as the pot gets down to the last bit, you will end up with glass straws. I had read this once, but forgot about it until it happened. I suppose if you pull really slow as you start to get straws, you can avoid this, but it didn't occur to me to try until I was done.
4. You can't (or maybe it just takes the right amount of practice with the right heat) just let it flow out into rod like strings, as the bit hanging out of the pot picks up weight, the whole thing starts to pick up speed. Only tried that once!
All in all, I was pulling for maybe 20 minutes with a 1/2 pot, and I had it a bit too hot. And I could have pulled or let it drip out longer, since there is a bit of glass still in the pot, but I was getting very fragile straws and couldn't figure out what I would do with them.
But this begets another question: How do you guys get the uniform (mostly, I notice different colors are different and the rods are not as uniform as the stringers) stringers and rods? Curious more than anything, but I understand if it's some sort of trade secret.