The Paternek manual is now a free download from Tim's site in an earlier version. Read that, then get the tapes, either rent them or buy them. There are so many of them, buying and reselling the DVD might actually be smarter. By the time you do all that with some experience, you won't immediately need a local builder and he probably doesn't need the distraction either.
I would actually be curious how many builders out there actually sold their first or second frame. I bet the number is pretty large. There is some hostility on the subject though.