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Making Petrel Play: Making Inner Stems and Installing the First Strips - Episode 3

Video 3 in the series documenting the making of a strip-built kayak. Making the inner stems and installing the first strips

Making Petrel Play: Cutting Strips and Setting up Forms - Episode 2

Video 2 in a series documenting my build of the Petrel Play. In this episode I cut the strips and set up the forms.

Making Petrel Play: Introduction - Episode 1

This is the introduction to my series of videos documenting my building of a strip built Petrel Play. In this episode I describe the design, how I came up with it and what makes it special.

New Video Series on Making the Petrel Play

I've just started a new series of videos documenting the Petrel Play build I did last fall. I will be covering the whole process from buying the wood through launching the kayak. I hope to be able to release a new video every week or so. Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube page so you are kept up to date on the latest releases.

Varnishing Petrel Play

This video shows the process of varnishing the whole bottom of the Petrel Play in nearly real time. I cut a few times as I moved the camera, and there is a brief section of accelerated time as the varnish drains through the filter.

Pulling Staples, Scraping and Sanding the Petrel Play

What seems like fairly boring tasks, pulling the staples, scraping off the glue, and starting to sand are actually the time your boat makes one of its fastest transitions. I always feel the raw strips, pumped full of staples, looks pretty bad. Just pulling the staples it looks better, and everything you do from now on will make it look better and better.

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.