I'm an experienced woodworker (12 years)that was forced out of custom cabinetmaking when the economy tanked several years ago. I prefer quality over quantity so I will never go back to custom cabinets. Long story short I'm missing it and am interested in building a strip canoe. There is a lot of info on the web but not sure where to start. Is it best to start with a short one or is longer easier? I love the look of Alder but is that a wise choice? Who would have the best plans?