One of the biggest reasons Van's is so popular is because there isn't much "fabrication" to do. The pieces are all cut, formed and drilled for the most part so you just assemble it. KELP, you do realize that Van's is based in OR
These guys are based in Mexico, Mo (about two hours west of St. Louis) and I went there for a test ride. I really think their STOL aircraft is neat. http://www.zenair.com
Their kit is about as straight forward as the Van's kits. Of course "kit" could be simply buying blueprints from a supplier, or designing your own. I've also seen some impressive rebuilds of vintage aircraft. The craftsmanship and painstaking detail are incredibly astounding. What's even more amazing is that many of these are built by complete novices in their garage.
are two of the better known materials suppliers. Both have tool kits specifically tailored for the more popular experimental aircraft out there.
If you can't tell, I've been doing a bit of research on this...