The hardest parts of making a lute are the bowl and peg box (the rose is not hard, just detailed, delicate and tedious). The bowl and peg box are already made (the EMS kits used to be pretty much all carved expect for minor details) so basic woodworking skills should be fine. Some of the finer details of the construction and set-up might take a little research.
You might want to practice carving the rose on some scrap material. Your friendly local amateur luthiers should be able to set you up with some soundboard scraps in exchange for a plate of homemade cookies, a pint or something...
And the only other "interesting" part is getting the dip in the soundboard between the bridge and the fingerboard. It's kind of important to get this right for a nice low action. This is usually carved into the edges of the bowl so I don't know if the kit has that, it's explained in the literature supplied or it is left for the builder.
I think a lesson or two with David would be very helpful in making a superior instrument for yourself...if only for the small but important details.
Have fun with that and don't be afraid to ask questions (no matter how silly they might seem) of the luthiers on our site here or over on the lute group.ning I noted above. There are lots of friendly excellent amateur and pro lute builders over there, all willing to help.
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