I am not a real talented sewer, but love the art of sewing. Mostly do young girls clothes. Most women that sew, quilt. I just can get interested in cutting up square pieces of fabric, sewing them together and ending up with another square piece of fabric. I see the beauty in the finished quilt, but not interested in doing that.
With that said, I'll talk a bit of woodworking. I'm a widow, and my husband was a woodworker by hobby. Would have loved to of gone to some of the schools. He only went to one for turning, and belonged to a turners club locally. He turned our two car garage into a wood shop, and then built me a sewing room on the back of that. Not the best combination with all of the sawdust. I have many, many 'Fine Woodworking' magazines I'd love to give to someone. They start at #101. Not everyone of them, but a good size box. Let me know if you're interested.
I bought an industrial machine several years back and love it for most of my sewing. I made him a very heavy duty apron to wear in his shop, and fishing pole sleeves, so a bit more like some of your project.
We have a woman on here that is very, very talented in construction, and pattern making. She's even helped make sailboat sails. I'm sure she can give you lots of wonderful advice. She's in England, but seems to have a lot of knowledge to impart for where to get info, good books, and sites. I'm sure she'll respond in the next day or so.