I have The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, just haven't set aside any time to jump off into it yet.

I thought I'd buy a few cheap pieces of lumber from Lowe's and put some fiberglass backing on them to get the hang of how to work with my tools, then buy some black locust staves.

Any of you fellas in the greater Houston area that have some land with black locusts on it, i'll gladly come take a few of them off your hands. If you don't know what a black locust is, they have thorns on them about the size of harpoons.