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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.


A simple yet functional recreational kayak


May 8 2009 12:00 pm
May 9 2009 6:00 am

Chesapeake Light Craft's annual gathering of boat builders is happening again this year. I'll be bringing down some boats and signing books.

Here is what John Harris of CLC has to say about the event:

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.

Building Strip-Planked Boats

Building Strip Planked Boats
Build a wooden boat that is light, durable, and furniture-quality beautiful TensIt is a waste of time to build your own wooden boat. These days there are far qu

Build a Wooden Boat

that is light, durable, and furniture-quality beautiful

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.

Coot Dinghy Plans

Complete full sized plans to build a strip-planked wooden dinghy
Coot Dinghy TenderAssembling the Coot strip built dinghy

Full size plans to build the Coot pram style dinghy. These plans include all the forms and plywood parts drawn at full size needed to build the boat.

Instructions for building Coot are included in Nick's book "Building Strip Planked Boats"


A cute little wooden dinghy

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.


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