So I don't really anything to do while waiting for these tropical systems to make their way up north, and I really want to try something new, so last night I decided I was going to attempt to make an alaia. My first questions are just about the basic tools and materials needed to shape one:

-What kind of wood should I use, and what size should the blank be?

-What's the best way to seal it? I'm looking for something simple and organic, probably linseed oil if it works well.

-What should I use to sand/shape it it? I'd prefer not to use electric tools on this but can if necessary.

Thanks in advance for the help, I'll keep everyone updated once I get into the whole process.