I've never built one - but a guy runs a school for boat building on the north shore of Lake Superior - Grand Marais I think. It's a one or two week class where you build your own boat. Really cool boats too.
"Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous." ...William Proxmire, US senator, reformer (1915-2005)