Start by filling out your profile with location, age, and your occupation and hobbies. By doing that you may be able to connect with a local maker that will help you.
Next, read the stickys. They have the answers to most new maker questions. The one titled, "How to instructions for making a knife" is a good starter guide.
Attend a hammer-in or custom knife show and meet some makers. They will offer good advice and often help with some free materials. I give new makers handle material and sometimes blade blanks every year at Harrisonburg.