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MicroBootlegger


A modern interpretation of double paddle canoe

The Process of Building a Wooden Kayak

Like any project, you can build a kayak quickly, or you can take pains with every step. While I am a big advocate of working quickly so you can get the kayak finished and start paddling, when I build custom boats for clients, I work with a bit more patience. This video shows some of the steps I took to make a bespoke kayak for a client. Many of the steps shown here are the hard way to do things. 

Fine Strip-Planked Boat Class at WoodenBoat School - microBootlegger Kayak and Mystic River Tandem Canoe

Jun 12 2016 6:00 pm
Jun 18 2016 12:00 pm

Build microBootlegger and Mystic River Tandem

Registration starts January 4th.

If you can't make the June class, take a look at the one in September.

Smoothing the interior of a strip planked boat with a scraper and sandpaper

Smoothing the interior of a strip built boat is always a challenge. A random orbital sander usually doesn't fit the curved surface well and risks digging horseshoe shaped divots in the wood. What I find works well for me is a really sharp paint scraper shaped to match the surface, and hand sanding with very rough sandpaper.

Fitting a Cockpit Recesss

 There are a variety of ways to install a recess around a cockpit. Some people like to install the recess first and then fit the strips to the existing shape. I have found it is more efficient and the results are better if I strip the deck first and then cut a hole to accept the recess.

Build a Strip-Planked Kayak and a Canoe with Nick Schade at CVSW

Jan 25 2014 9:00 am
Jan 29 2014 5:00 pm

Build microBootlegger and Mystic River Tandem

If you want to build a lightweight, rugged, and beautiful small boat, combining thin strips of wood with epoxy and fiberglass will make a cartoppable, low-maintenance, and gorgeous vessel. Nick Schade has been building strip-built boats for over 25 years.

Setting Up Forms

Setting Up Forms

In the Setting up Forms video, one end of the aluminum is tapered on one end. Is there a reason for that?

Strip Planked Bootlegger Kayak Building Videos

In this series of videos I document the building of a pair of mahogany strip-planked microBootleggers. I built these boats for a customer who wanted "book-matched" mahogany strips and a carbon fiber interior built without staples.

paddling the solo microbootlegger

microBootlegger

microBootlegger

The prototype microBootlegger on Diamond Lake in Glastonbury, CT

Mahogony microBootlegger Kayak Model

Mahogony microBootlegger Kayak Model

An 18" model of the microBootlegger double paddle canoe carved from Mahogany and Maple with a Mahogany veneer coaming, mounted on a piece of Manzanita root.