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Designing a Traditional Skin On Frame

I recently took on the task of designing and building a skin-on-frame kayak in the Greenland Inuit style. "Designing" a SOF kayak before building isn't really the traditional way. Typically they are built to traditional measurements based on an anthropometric measuring system i.e. using hands, hips, arm spans etc. as measurement units. These basic measurements may be tweaked based on the builders experience, making a wider/narrower or longer/shorter as needed by the user.

April 2009 Newsletter

I have started sending out periodical newsletters through Constant Contact. Here is a copy of the first issues. Actually it is the second issue of my newsletter because I had sent one out via standard mail previous.

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Trimming to a Feature Line

There are often situations where you need to trim a group of strips to follow a line, such as a chine or keel line. You could start by eye-balling the taper on each strip and hoping when you have finished installing them all that you have a smooth, fair line or, you could install a temporary strip then fit each strip one-at-a-time against that strip, but the easiest is to start by not doing any special fitting.

Guillemot Kayaks on FaceBook

For those of you who have caught the Facebook bug, I've put up a Guillemot Kayaks Page. I've posted a few videos and will maintain an events calendar there. Feel free to become a fan and post comments.

Form Reference Lines

I like a good set of reference lines on all my forms. These are usually supplied by gluing the paper form patterns to the MDF and leaving them there. The patterns have the reference lines so everything is good. But I'm making the Nymph and it is symmetrical so being lazy I can make two sets of forms at the same time by stacking up two pieces of MDF and cutting them both at once. But, this means the paper pattern is only on one of the two copies.

 

A quick strongback

I'm about to start building the first boats in my new shop. I'm going to exhibit at the Maine Boat Builder's Show and I need some boats to bring to it. I've decided to bring a Nymph canoe and while I am at it I figured I would build two. Unfortunately, I only have one strongback. So, yesterday I decided to build another. A strongback should be rigid and straight.

Kayak Painting

Janne Matter Stitch and Glue Night Heron Painting John Harris (the owner of Chesapeake Light Craft ) sent me this print he picked up on one of his trips to Port Townsend, Washington. The picture is a painting called "Stood-Up" by Janne Matter,

Teaching Kayak Building

I spent the weekend up in Manchester, CT teaching the S&G Night Heron class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. The class will continue next weekend.

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