Here's my 2 cents worth of advice: Get to know the best library you have where you live; then read everything they have on the instrument you are interested in. I can recommend authors Weishaar & Shipman. If your library doesn't have it, ask them to do an inter-library loan. Rinse & repeat with any other violin related books. Read, absorb, and then slowly begin to accumulate the necessary tools as your learning adventures take you. Meanwhile, do go ahead and buy & fix up any old fiddles that you come across. After a while, your lutherie path will begin to unfold(if you are really paying attention!).
Good luck on your journey!