Hey guys. I've been interested in becoming a luthier for a while now, getting a little training at a ukelele shop and from some local guitar techs, and have assembled a number of kits - primarily Saga T series - but even though I get some satisfaction out of that, it isn't the full on satisfaction that I am craving. So, what I am asking here is: Assuming all my electronics and hardware is purchased from a dealer (like EMGs, Duncans, etc) so I don't need to make my own, what sort of basic tools and space am I going to need to build a respectable and simple bass from the ground up? Also, where can I find a US supplier of tonewoods? The local suppliers are ridiculously expensive, and press Koa on you at every turn - Koa gets boring after a while. Finally, when i manage to scrape together the basic stuff I need, who would be willing to hold my hand through my first starter project?