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Build Your Own Stitch and Glue Night Heron at the WoodenBoat School

Jul 25 2010 6:00 pm
Jul 31 2010 12:00 pm

Once again I will be leading students through the building of the Stitch and Glue Night Heron from a pile of plywood pieces through a fully assembled sea kayak at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine.

This fast-pace class is suitable for anyone from novice woodworkers who want an introduction to boatbuilding, through experienced boat builders who want to learn about stitch and glue kayak building and fiberglass work.

Ganymede Kayak Plans

Ganymede Kayak Plans
Ganymede plywood kayakGanymede Instruction Book
$55.00

Full sized kayak plans to build your own wood Ganymede recreational kayak. These full size plans include patterns for all the plywood parts needed to build a stitch and glue kayak.

Included in the plans are lines to build the boat at 3 different volumes. From a high volume version suitable for heavier paddlers, to a low deck suitable for shorter paddlers.

These plans come with a 50 page instruction book including photographs and illustrations for building the boat from 3 sheets of plywood.

Build a High Performance Sea Kayak at CVSW

Jan 16 2010 9:00 am
Jan 21 2010 12:00 pm

Sea kayaking is the sport of taking a small boat out on to the big ocean. You could buy an ordinary plastic kayak, or you could build your own which will be lighter, faster, better looking and more fun than any you can buy. This fast-paced class will take students through the major phases of building a “Night Heron” sea kayak. Using the “Stitch-and-glue” construction method, each student will go home with his or her own kayak. Some finish work will be required when they get home. Students will learn some basic woodworking skill as well as how to work with fiberglass and epoxy.

Photographing Boats

Since I sell many of the boats I make, I like to document them before I send them off into the world. While I like on-the-water shot, I often have need for studio style shots that don't have the distraction of a background. Typically a white or black background works well.

I use one end of my shop as a studio for these photos. I start out with a 40 foot long by 10 foot wide muslin backdrop that I clip to the garage door track. I put a pair of saw horses under the muslin and place the boat on the saw horses.

Space still available to build your own S&G Night Heron

There is still a few spaces available at my Build-your-own S&G Night Heron Class at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. This is a fun class at a great location, if you are looking for way to spend a week in Maine and come home with a fun boat, this is your chance.

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.

Ganymede

Ganymede
A simple yet functional recreational kayak

OkoumeFest

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.

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