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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.


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.

Strip Built Boats Workshop @ CVSW

May 2 2009 9:00 am
May 2 2009 5:00 pm

The process of strip building canoes and kayaks is generally considered to be the best for small light-weight craft. It is also undoubtedly the nicest looking construction method for this sized boat. In this one day demonstration of the strip-building technique for making a kayak or other small boat, professional kayak builder and designer, Nick Schade, will outline the steps to build your own boat. Topics shown will include basic stripping and staple-free construction, fairing the hull and fiber-glassing. Participants will be free to ask questions.

Build Your Own Kayak Paddle

Feb 26 2009 6:00 pm
Feb 26 2009 9:30 pm

Go home with your own beautiful wooden kayak paddle. This class will occur over 4 consecutive Thursday evenings. You will make a modern wide-blade laminated wooden kayak paddle.

This class will be held at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking and they will handle the registration.

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,

Matunuck Surf Kayak Plans

Full Sized plans to build the Matunuck Surf Kayak design
Rob's Matunuck surf kayakMatunuck Surf Kayak

Full sized kayak plans to build your own wood Matunuck surf kayak. These full size plans include patterns for all the plywood panels and forms needed to build a stitch and glue surf kayak.

These plans are created by Chesapeake Light Craft based on my design. The plans include instructions published by Chesapeake Light Craft.

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