My friend and neighbor Kevin is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Education at NC State University. He loves making things and has been very curious about the guitar making process. I offered to help him build a guitar. He has a lot of enthusiasm, patience, and a good aesthetic sense.
He has a huge amount of red oak that he bought at a bargain price and he wanted to use that. I saw no reason not to. We looked through his pile and found a very nicely quartered and figured board. We cut is up and planed it down for back and sides. The board wasn't quite wide enough for the back so I contributed a piece of leopard wood for a 3 piece back. I think it will look quite nice. He chose an L-00 shape. He is making good progress.
It is a pleasure teaching someone that really wants to learn. I told him that people pay good money for guitar making training. But, I am enjoying it as much as he is. I'm even contributing materials.