Eventually, I settled on a design and started stripping. All went well, except that a piece of timber I had placed on a shelf above the boat fell down and broke off the first 4" of the stem. After a good cry, I scarfed replacement pieces on, and the mistake is only visible if you look closely. I used some pine, which felt like steel compared to the cedar.
One thing which I found difficult was trying
to gauge the colour of the different
and judge what they would look like
put together and epoxied/varnished.
Oh well, we can only wait and see !
When using pencil strips, I should have used a temporary backing-strip to beef them up. On their own, it was very easy to push the strips out-of-curve when fitting the strips against them and I spent a lot of time checking and re-checking them for fairness.