Kauri is great stuff, & for the most part only available in New Zealand
. Where for every 3rd house, someone's also built a (or several) fair sized boats.
More seriously though, do some reading both on; cold molding, & strip planking. Both of which usually involve laying some (or a lot) of glass, overtop of the wood, when building the boat.
Either way, when done with attention to detail, they're building methods which are equal to or better than most glass boats. And in the S. Hemisphere, account for a large percentage of the cruising, & racer/cruisers built. Ditto on a good number of the custom boats built, regardless of location.
There are some good pics of a custom, Kauri, & Carbon Fiber work done in a boat's construction here 1980 Davidson Custom Sloop Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
She's surely one I'd be glad to own, but the wallet said no, before she sold. Which took VERY little time.
Another indication of what builders think of strip planking, & cold molding, is that a LOT of the wildly fast, & well thought of boats coming out of Santa Cruz
, are/were built using these methods, or variations there of.
AKA, the early "Sleds" (of all sizes), & ULDB's. As that area & build type, is where, & how the concept
came into being.
If you go to the WEST System site, you can download the (free) classic book, On Boat Construction
and it has lots of info on the build methods described above. And written in a way that's easy for anyone to grasp & learn from. Expert to newby.
PS: It's easy enough to Google
Kauri, & learn all that you need to about it.