A few weeks ago I got some cedar from Lowe's . Whenever I'm in the store I visit there cedar rack. They usually have a full selection of boards in most sizes. I look through the 6 inch wide pile and pull out all the best sticks. I look for minimum knots ans good color. I usually find one or two great boards. An 8 footer costs about 12 bucks. That's compared to a specialty lumber store that has clear cedar for about 4 bucks a foot. That comes to about 32 bucks for the same lumber. When it's cut up into strips you can't see the difference. The two boards gave me about 38 strips. I cut them 4 mil thick. I'll probably need two more sticks. I'm going to butt join the strips. Not going to do bead and cove. The curve is shallow, not like a canoe where you need the bead and cove to make the tight curve.