Pre staining the cockpit recess so it will match the rest of the boat.
Pre staining the cockpit recess so it will match the rest of the boat.
If you received my last newsletter, it will not be a surprise that we are raising our plans prices. We have held our prices constant for the past 15 or so years, but over that time the cost of printing has increased by over 50% and other business expenses have also increased.
One of the things about operating as a small business is, you don't know how your business will operate until you start doing it.
It is very common that the deck and hull don’t match when you go to put them together. Maybe humidity got to the wood between glassing the outside and the inside or, the opposite, the wood dried out. Or it could be that the deck or hull sagged a bit while sitting on the saw horses.
Nick Schade is a Registered Maine Guide and with over 40 years of kayaking experience he knows how to use a kayak and can teach you to do the same.
I just sent out the following email to those who had signed up for this year or expressed interest:
Gerry and I are super saddened to say that we are cancelling the 2020 Schoodic Sea Kayak Retreat.
I often get questions to the effect of: "I have trouble keeping up with my friends, what kayak should I get?" Everyone knows that longer kayaks are faster, so obviously I should be recommending the longest kayaks I have to these folks.
In this episode I break expensive router bits and tear apart expensive plywood.
Fitting the final strips on the back deck of the microBootlegger Sport.
All that is left to strip is the back deck. I need trim to the feature line between the side and the back deck.
With the center accent well centered, it is just a matter of fitting one end of the strip and getting the grain alignment to match the other side.
Getting the centerline exactly in the center helps assure the strips on either side will be a perfect mirror image.
Today I fiberglass. In this video I talk about the cleaning up stain bleed-through and then get fiberglassing. I discuss the time line of glassing and what I use for fill coat
Adding strips to one side of the front deck.
Getting back on track with the book match pattern after discovering a mistake.
So, I found a couple strips out of sequence. I had to strip off the strips.
Fitting in the Whiskey strip of the closing strip on the bottom.
My old website had them and some people have asked about them and now they are back. I have stability and drag (how much force is needed to go a given speed) data for most of my designs.
Fitting in the Whiskey strip of the closing strip on the bottom.
I like to do most of the work before gluing the scarf on the shaft together. This just keeps the parts easy to handle while doing the work.
It is amazing how much strength a layer of 2-ounce fiberglass will add to the wood. Between the two and with the cord around the edge the paddle blade can absorb a lot of abuse.
I regularly bounce my paddles off rocks. I want a rugged and durable edge to absorb the abuse. I have found that para-cord saturated in epoxy resin is very tough. While you can't exactly cut down a tree with these paddles, they will handle paddling in rock gardens or doing whitewater.
This is the hardest part of the process. I use a right angle grinder to do some freehand shaping and then refine the shape with hand tools. I try to make the edges of the blade nice and thin to keep the paddle light, while leaving the central section of the blade full thickness for strength.
Even though the blades of these paddles may be feathered, they are still glued on straight and square on the shaft. It helps to cut away some of the shaft on the power face of the blade before gluing on the blades, but this is not required.
Most of the paddles I make are feathered. This means the blades at each end are at an angle relative to each other. This can relieve some stress on the wrist when paddling and help cut through a headwind.
I use a jig I made for the band saw that helps cut a curved blade, but you can just mark the curves onto your blade blanks and make the cuts free hand.
The blades will be cut out of blanks that are 16"-18" long, about 4" thick and at least 4" wide. With wider blanks you can make more blades.
I didn't put much dialog on this video Continuing on the bottom. Fitting both ends of strips in a precise manner.
Continuing on the bottom. Fitting both ends of strips in a precise manner.
In this video I demonstrate the whole process of making a kayak paddle from wood. Starting from cutting the wood through getting out on the water.
I use a new method for quickly trimming and fitting the keel or centerline of a strip built boat. I use a router running against a fence to trim off the excess length and make a consistent width slot that can be filled with a 1/4" wide strip.
Starting to fit the ends of strips
Hand beveling the chine strip and then filling in the bottom..
Hand beveling the chine strip and then filling in the bottom.
Stripping up the side to the chine.
After truing up the top edge of the waterline cut, I rip some accent strips and install them.
Continuing with the stripping. Using a robo-bevel to fit the strips.
Continuing with the stripping. Using a robo-bevel to fit the strips.
Installing the first strips on my microBootlegger Sport sea kayak. Discussion about keeping all the matching strips organized and in order.
Using cove and bead strips to build the hull of the Petrel Strip-Built Sea Kayak.
Setting up the strongback and the forms for the Petrel strip built sea kayak build. I also scarf together some sheer strips.
I consider myself a cautious paddler, yet I have been "boarded" by the Coast Guard 3 times in the past year. "Boarding" is what the Coast Guard calls it when they stop you on the water for a safety check.
Sorting strips for book matching from a 1-1/2" x 12" vertical grained board
Milling strips for building a strip-built Petrel sea kayak. I'm making 3/16" thick cove and bead strips from western red cedar.
Sorting strips for book matching from a 3/4" x 12" flat grained board
Spending a little time shaping the inner stems
Finally getting the forms strung on the strongback. I discuss the spacer system and how to true up the forms.
Cutting forms and making mistakes with the ShopBot. CNC router bit discussion.
In this episode after messing up some strips in the previous episode, I redo milling the strips for the body of the kayak. I cut down a 2x12 into 3/4" blanks and then rip those blanks into 3/16" strips. In the middle I take a break and talk about my table saw setup.
In this episode I start breaking down the blanks into 3/16" thick strips. This was going fine until I lost concentration.
In this episode I take the wood I purchased in the last episode, and starting breaking it down in to strips. I have a 2x8 that I am ripping into 3/4" wide blanks, and a 1x12 that I am ripping directly into strips. I talk about how I get vertical grain strips out of vertical grained boards.
I am lucky to have a good source of western red cedar less than an hour from where I live. Liberty Cedar in Kingston, RI will usually let me pick through their stacks to find exactly the wood I want. They have a great selection.
Over the winter of 2018 I built a cedar strip microBootlegger Sport for a customer. I took video of the whole project and documented it on YouTube through an almost daily vlog. The project ended up comprising about 70 videos. You will find them all here.
My father made a kit kayak in the early 1970s. My brother being a few years older than me got dibs on using it whenever we went out for a family paddle. Being a younger brother I felt this was a grave injustice that had to be set right.
For years, the state of the art in making strip-built boats has been cove-and-bead strips. Since most boats have rounded sectional shapes, i.e. the forms have a curved shape from the sheer line to the keel line, it is inevitable that each adjacent strip is oriented at a slightly different angle relative to its neighbor. If the edge of each strip is left square, this results in slight gaps in the seam between adjacent strips.
Last fall some folks from Bespoke Global came up to create a video interview with me. Bespoke Global is the first e-commerce website to aggregate best-in-class bespoke home furnishings and recently added a line of "Leisure" products including my custom built kayaks. They spent a couple days in my shop and surroundings interviewing me and getting on-the-water footage.
I don't and won't sell my mailing list. I collect a mailing list of people who would like to receive a newsletter. This is strictly "opt-in".
A common question is "what is the end pour good for?" For those who don't kno
I'm using 4 ounce glass on the inside.
This video was taken over the course of 6 d
About a month ago I got a call from Time.com. They were interested in using me and my boats in an ad for Lincoln. They had a very short turn around time and at first it looked like I was going to be away in Wales, but they had a little slippage in their schedule and they were able to fit me in when I got back.
While many people mount these hip-braces or as I call them "cheek plates" so they extend from
I've got mixed feelings about deck lines.
You don't need to see more sanding, but that is what needs to happen before glassing the ins
If you like to have a little reading material hanging around the house I've put together a print version of my plans catalog.
The workshops where these classes are held are generally very well equipped, however there may not be enough of every tool for everyone, so to get the most out of your time in class, it is a good idea to bring whatever tools you can.
Strip planked boats are beautiful lightweight and rugged.
It is one thing to want to build a boat, it can be quite another to actually make it happen. Many people don't think they can do it on their own.
I'm applying two different sort of fill coats in this video.
My Petrel has been my primary boat for a long time. It has been through some serious abuse over the years.
For me cleaning up the inside of the boat i
As of February 2012, the Kindle files should be updated so the issues discussed below no longer apply.
I'm building a Night Heron kayak using cove and bead western red cedar. I'm taking some video as I go. I hope you find the following helpful.
In 2010 I started making a strip-built Petrel sea kayak using cedar strips, fiberglass and Carbon-Kevlar Cloth. I documented much of the process on video and below are the short videos I produced showing many of the building techniques incorporated.
Anyone building a strip-built boat from scratch eventually has to decide how much wood they need. At the same time they may be curious as to how much the boat is going to weigh.
I want a canoe. I love kayaks and the Nymph canoe is great fun, but there are time when my wife Robin and I want to hop into a boat after dinner and go for a relaxing paddle. And for a simple no-nonsense paddle there is really nothing like a canoe.
On a cold day last November I joined a camera crew from England on my friend Pete's boat Eyes of the World and pounded out into Long Island Sound. The goal was getting some footage for an ad for sunglasses. Persol makes high end sunglasses and were putting together a series of "documentary" videos on craftspeople that they felt somehow represented something about the Persol brand. The crew spent 3 days in town, getting footage in my shop and on the water. I'm not sure how it sells sunglasses, but the video above is the result.
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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome episode number 18 of my series on making the strip built Petrel Play kayak.
Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome episode number 17 of my series on making the strip built Petrel Play kayak.
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Most wooden boats will actually weigh less than commercially manufactured boats. Because wood is structurally efficient, a boat built with it can be made quite light. The only real downside of wood is that since it is a natural material it is not necessarily consistent in its weight.
Paddlng safely in ocean water requires you pay attention to water temperature and conditions. You generally want to dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature.
Watch the progression from a bundle of wood strips to a completed kayak in 7 minutes. In this week long class students made a beautiful fine strip planked kayak.
Here is the schedule for the week shown in this video:
Last fall a 10 person camera crew spent all day here at my shop filming a segment for the A&E Network. I had wondered for a while what happened with all that effort. Recently someone on FaceBook messaged me saying he had seen something about me. Well, the above 30 second sequence is the result of 10 to 12 peoples working all day, plus how ever long it took them to prepare before and then edit afterwards.
This 11 minute video gives a quick overview of the whole process of building skin on frame micrBootlegger Sport sea kayak. As of the time of this video capture I had not fully tested the kayak yet. My goal after more testing is to release plans and kits.
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Hi, I'm Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to Episode 12 of my series on making the strip built Petrel Play kayak.
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I get a lot of calls from people with questions about going into business bulding boats. It can be hard to be realistic about the business while your head is stuck in the boat. Here are some of the questions and some long winded responses.
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Video Four in a series documenting the making of a strip built kayak. In the last episode I made the inner stems out of pine and tapered and installed the sheer strips.
Video 3 in the series documenting the making of a strip-built kayak. Making the inner stems and installing the first strips
Video 2 in a series documenting my build of the Petrel Play. In this episode I cut the strips and set up the forms.
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.
I've just started a new series of vid
Twenty years ago, I was sitting at my
Strip-building - assembling a pile of thin wood strips into a functional hull - has been a popular canoe-building method for many years.
Strip-building is the art of taking a stack of small strips of wood and converting it into a beautiful and durable water craft. This process has been a popular
Here are links to sources of some of the materials, tools and books useful to people building wooden kayaks. This is not a complete listing just some of those I can find on the net.
Here is a list of books and other texts related to kayaks, kayaking, kayak design, boat design, woodworking and boat building that may be of interest to anyone interested in building their own kayak.
"Stitch and Glue" refers to "stitching" together panels of plywood with wire and then gluing the joints. A stitch and glue boat uses carefully cut panels of thin plywood which when joined together bend into the desired 3 dimensional shape.
Building a kayak using either the strip-built or stitch-and-glue method is within the means of most people who want to do it. Neither method is particularly difficult for anyone who is willing to take the time required.
One of the biggest benefits to building a small boat with narrow strips is how accessible it is. While it looks intimidating, taking a bundle of small strips and wrapping them around a set of forms really is a matter of patience and not one of specialized skills.
"If you want to turn left, paddle more on the right." This is usually the advice provided to a first time paddler. And often it is all the instructions they will ever receive on the subject of maneuvering a kayak.
There are many factors you should consider when you decide where you are going and how you will get there. Wind, waves and currents are the primary forces that will effect how easily and safely you will be able to get from one point to another in a small boat.
To build a striper from scratch you the minimum tools needed:
Table Saw or Band Saw, (Not required with the kits)
Thin Kerf Hand Saw,
A selection of clamps
If you are dissatisfied with the plans for any reason, please return them in the original mailing tube for a full refund. The plans must be in the condition you received them, with no torn, wrinkled or soiled pages.
With all the modern materials available to make boat, why would you want to choose wood? There are several reasons. The first is that working with wood is well within the means of most people. It doesn't take a lot of time, the material is relatively easy to obtain and it is not too expensive.
First time builders with no woodworking experience have built just about all of the designs you will find here. But some designs are easier than others.
T-shirts and various other clothing as it becomes available.
Most of time in small boat like a kayak navigation is done by sight. In other words, you see where you want to go, point the boat that direction and go. This is not to down play the need for a good chart and a compass.
He said, "I was out there and the waves must have been 6 feet." Funny, I was out there at the same time and didn't see anything bigger than 18 inches. What is going on? Estimating wave height is very difficult. Sitting down in a kayak, low to the water, waves look pretty big.
Because stitch-and-glue boat construction uses a relatively small number of wood pieces a boat can be build in relatively short order. Because plywood is inherently quite strong for its weight the resulting boat is quite tough and lightweight with a minimum of additional reinforcement.
We do not have a show room or store front, but visitors are welcome to visit by appointment only. If you want to try one of our boats, we are right on the water so bring paddling clothes.
A stitch and glue boat will typically use three or four sheets of 4mm Occume marine plywood. With careful cutting you may be able to be more efficient.
I want to make the building process as easy as possible.
I was talking to John Harris at Chesapeake Light Craft last fall. As the conversation wandered around various boats and projects we were working on, it became apparent that we each had some issues that we might be able help each other with.
I'm heading up to Maine for a bit of paddling and to exhibit at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show in Rockland. I'll be gone from July 28 through August 14. I'll be paddling with friends and thinking up new ideas for boats.
In July I finished up the prototype of a new canoe design. The Nymph is a 10' long by 28" wide solo double-paddle canoe. It is designed for paddlers under 150 lbs and the prototype weighs about 15 pounds.
I've been playing around with taking video using a Pentax Optio W10 that I have strapped to a helmet. The quality of the video is not great, but the results are kind of fun.
It has been exceptionally warm this winter. I would like some nice cross country skiing weather, but a nice warm day out on the water is always appreciated. Carl wanted to get out around 9, but I didn't feel like rushing out of the house early.
These plans are product of Nick's years of boating experience and extensive research into what makes boats work. Each design starts out as an idea spawned on the water. Time out in boats will suggest how a boat could be tailored to perform better in specific conditions.
How fast is your boat? Do you know? Does the question even make sense? Isn't any boat going to go faster if you apply more power to making it move? What people really should ask is" "how efficient is your boat?"
Don't let the "sea" in "sea kayak" intimidate you. Kayaks designed to work on saltwater will work just fine on fresh water.
If you strap a wooden boat to your roof and drive to a put in for a paddle, you will need to learn to deal with the inevitable delays that occur when people gather around your car to ask about your boat. "Where did you get it?", "How much did it cost?", "You didn't build that.", and on and on.
I currently am not able to have you share photos on the site. I would love to see photos of your completed boats.
Carl and I were the only ones to show up. I guess other people looked at the weather and thought better of it. It wasn't particularly cold, but it wasn't exactly warm. They were talking snow, but the clouds were cracked, showing a little blue and the occasional glimpse of the sun.
Pete sent out the plan last Friday before we had a good idea what the weather was going to be: "December 26 - Launch from Stonington Point and paddle out to Latimer Reef and beyond to Fisher's Island to look for seals." When I woke up on Monday it was raining hard, but it was warm at around 40 de
Wayne suggested the idea. At first I was waffling.
The original kayaks were built by the Inuit and Aleut "Eskimo" peoples of the Arctic.
A strip built boat is made of small strips of wood so if you were wondering where the name came from, now you know. The method is often called cedar strip, because the wood used is typically cedar. It does not have to be. Any straight grained, light-weight wood can be used.
The word "baidarka" is actually a Russian word. It is the diminutive form of "baidar" which means "boat" so "baidarka" means "small boat".
Hybrid construction could mean any method of building a boat which combines two different building techniques.
Guillemot Kayaks has been offering complete plans and instructions for building high performance wooden kayaks since 1993. Each kayak plan includes all the forms drawn out at full size and individually. No copying or lofting is required, just glue the plans to your form material and cut out around the lines. Each plan is printed out as an original to minimize any chance of errors being introduced in the reproduction process.
The successful design of any boat is a subtle blend of art and science. While there is a lot of room for personal preference and choice, there is also much that is constrained by the immutable laws of physics.
Despite all the times I have heard people protest "I would be afraid to put it in the water." I design and build my boats to be used.
Relative to many boats a kayak is small, unstable, and rather slow. In a lot of ways these attributes can make kayaks unsafe. To a larger degree than most boats the safety of the person on the boat is dependent on the skill and judgement of the paddler.
A description of boat design terms and how they relate to boat performance.
For those who prefer French, André Rose has translated this.
What could be easier than stability? Just make the boat wide and it will be stable … right? Yet, there are kayaks out there from 20" to 32" wide, all of which the manufacturers say are stable. After all, what manufacturer is going to say, "you need to be born in a kayak to keep this sucker upright"? How can they all get away with this? And what is "secondary stability" anyway? I know from personal experience that this question will provoke a discussion that can go on for days.
Guillemot Kayaks provides a wide range of products and services relating to wooden kayaks and other boats.
Guillemot Kayaks specializes in small wooden boats that are light enough to transport on the roof of your car.
In the pages below you will find various items to enhance your kayaking experience, from clothing to accessories for your boat and home. If you are looking for a gift idea for the paddler in your family, this is the place to look.
The range of kayaks types is as varied as there are different bodies of water.
There are two ways of being larger, you could be tall and have trouble fitting into most kayaks, or you could be heavy and need a design with more displacement for efficient paddling. Tall paddlers may have trouble getting in and out of small cockpits.
The primary concern for most beginners is capsizing. Unplanned swims are worth thinking about, but should not be the only criteria. You also want a boat that will not be difficult to handle. A high performance kayak may be a little skittish - always trying to head off and do its own thing.
The details section at the bottom of the kayak design pages uses some symbols to help you find the boat that is appropriate for you. Each boat is rated in various categories so you can quickly pick out the general characteristics of the boat at a glance.
The most accessible techniques for do-it-yourself boat builders involves using wood.
Touring boats have two requirements, they need to have room for gear, and they need to be able to cover distance efficiently. Room to carry gear is primarily a function of boat volume, to more volume, the more room to carry gear.
While the idea of getting in a kayak and spending a week paddling from island to island has a lot of appeal, for many people finding the time to spend a week on the water is difficult.
Yes, on most of my boats, the hatches are flush and the hatch covers are just the pieces of wood cut out of the deck to create the hatch hole. This means that the hatch virtually disappears on the deck.
The amount of time you take to build a small boat will depend on you previous experience, willingness to push forward, and your attitude. It is possible to pump out in 60 hours, or if you are being a perfectionist, you may end up putting 400 hours into it before you christen the finished boat.
"Strip-Building" is the art of bending many, small, thin strips of wood around forms to create a boat shape. The wood is covered with fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin then removed from the forms and the inside is fiberglassed.
Several of my designs are suitable for smaller paddlers. Which boat is really suitable still depends your experience level and what you want to do on the water. Generally you will want to look at the shorter boats, these boats will be lighter and easier to handle on and off the water.
This is probably the most frequently asked question and unfortunately, it is the hardest to answer. The right boat for you will depend on you. It depends on what you want to do, your experience level and your size. Before you ask for a recommendation you will need to think about what you need.
Are you not average?
This is a fast paced class which will get you through most of the most difficult steps involved in building a stitch and glue kayak. The first day will deal primarily with preparing the parts for the the busier days to follow. You will need determine your staining scheme.
Some of the schools may have some of these tools, but if you want to be better prepared with your own tools these are what we use:
You may have read books about how to navigate in a kayak. Chances are you were slightly overwhelmed by some of the techniques.
"Tracking" has become a somewhat nebulous term when used in reference to sea kayaks. For most people it has something to do with how easily the kayak turns. In this context a boat with "good" tracking is one that is hard to turn and one that doesn't track tends to be easy to turn.
One of the most important aspects of kayaking comfortably and easily is your paddle. An efficient kayak is of no use if the paddle you use is inefficient, or if you use your otherwise efficient paddle in an inefficient manner.
Most of the cost of building a kayak is labor, but doing the work is part of the fun so we won't count that here.
Over the course of 4 evenings you will learn how to make your own modern wooden kayak paddle. The paddle can be adapted for sea kayaking, recreational boating or white water. You will learn about laminating, scarfing, shaping wood and fiberglassing.
In this series of videos I document the building of a pair of mahogany strip-planked microBootleggers. I built these boats for a customer who wanted "book-matched" mahogany strips and a carbon fiber interior built without staples.
If you are careful gluing up your strips, th
I use my Mystery almost daily. I put in the Poquonock River and paddle out to Pine Island and back. As a result of that an my natural impatience I leave it outside most of the summer. As you may imagine, this is pretty hard on the boat and particularly the varnish.
Believe it or not, there are still people out there who prefer reading a good, old-fashioned print catalog over going online and browsing through web pages. In fact, you may be one of those people. If so, I have put together a catalog.
After the stripping is done on the hull, it is time to flip it over.
For the deck I wanted the stern to match the bow as well as book matched
The Petrel has a unique recess around the cockpit. This lowers the back of the coaming which allows for easier rolling and it also helps create a good place for thigh/knee braces.
There is no accounting for taste, but for some reason I find okoume a little bit boring. While the grain can be quite nice, the color is often a little bland. In my opinion it would often benefit from a little pumping up.
After working diligently on stripping the bottom you eventually come to
Stripping the bottom is much like installing the cheater strips, with the major difference that you need to shape and fit both ends of the strip so the length is correct. Since I am bookmatching these strips I also need to do this while maintaining the grain alignment.
I need to ship out a boat and decided it would be good protection to have a fabric kayak cover defending it from scratches. For these purposes I do not need a weatherproof fabric so I went to the local fabric store and picked up some knit jersey material.
Cutting strips is always a little tedious. It is primarily a matter of feeding the wood through the saw. When you intend to bookmatch the strips on the boat you also need to keep the strips in order.
The easiest way to set up the forms for woodstrip kayak is using an inte
All the strips follow the first one in one way or another, therefore it
The Petrel has a hard chine.
On this Petrel I chose to do a "side herringbone" stripping pattern on t
Here is where you start to see the beauty of the wood.
In this workshop Nick will demonstrate the details of strip-building a kayak or other small boat. The details of what is covered will depend on what people are interested in.
Tropical storm Noel swept by New England in late October and sent some fun waves towards Napatree Point. I didn't get much good footage while paddling, but the resulting video is still fun.
It has been a long time since I have made any new entries on my blog. I hope my excuse is considered a good one.
NOTE: Due to spammers I have temporarily shut down the ability to submit photos. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
You can shop at www.Guillemot-Kayaks.com online with confidence. We have partnered with Authorize.Net, a leading payment gateway since 1996, to offer safe and secure credit card transactions for our customers.
Well, it has taken a while but I finally have the latest version of my website content management system up and running. The new system finally brings my online catalog into the main website proper which should make it easier to find what you want to find.
There is a whole community of people out in cyberspace who are into kayaks and other small boats, either building them or using them or even just admiring them. Below are some links to a few places where you can get to know some of these people.
Nick has a slideshow that provides an overview of the various methods of building wooden kayak. Topics covered include Skin-on-frame, Stitch-and-Glue, and Strip Built methods plus a discussion of repairing the boats if damaged, various outfitting techniques and making a wooden paddle.
We have received some great free publicity from a variety of magazines and newspapers. Those included below are just a partial list. See a more complete list of Guillemot Kayaks in the Press here.
ForbesLife Magazine featured Guillemot Kayaks in The Eye in their special culture issue. The article says: "Schade's kayaks are head-swivelingly beatiful..." and quotes Edgar Bronfman about his Night Heron "It's awesome to look at and it flies."
I put together a somewhat longer video of a trip in Frenchman Bay, Maine. It starts along Long Porcupine Island near The Hop, and ends along Mt Desert Island near Otter Cliffs.
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.
Despite my best efforts some errors found their way into the offsetspublished for not just one, but all three boats in the book.
Form #1 of the Coot has the offsets shifted around a bit. They should be as shown below:
Let's get this clear from the start: it is a waste of time to build your own wooden boat.
There are often situations where you need to trim a group of strips tofollow a line, such as a chine or keel line.
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.
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.