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Fitting Two Stage Tapers

Sometimes when fitting strips on a strip built boat you have space where multiple strips intersect. So, instead of having one simple taper, you have a combination of two different tapers. Here I show the process of creating that fit.

Setting up Forms on an Internal Strongback

This video is nearly real-time. I cut a few bits where I walked off camera and when I was setting up the camera. It shows how quickly and accurately the internal strongback can be assembled.

Paddling My First Kayak

Paddling the Original Great Auk

During my vacation a few weeks ago I took some time to get my first kayak out of the basement storage at my parents place in Maine and took it for a paddle. It was interesting to see that some of the things I still do, appeared on my first efforts.

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 - Nymph Canoe and Night Heron Kayak

Sep 11 2016 6:00 pm
Sep 17 2016 12:00 pm

Build Nymph and Night Heron

Registration starts January 4th.

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

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 Your Own Stitch and Glue Night Heron at CVSW

Jan 16 2016 9:00 am
Jan 21 2016 12:00 pm

Stitch and Glue Night Heron

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