This week most of the Skirts and Skins group was working on finishing the gunwales – sawing the tips to join at the proper angle, then moving on to cutting the deck beams. Some of the beams will be arched to be worked on next week.
Continuing from an earlier post on February 16, 2011, here is the remaining schedule to complete the Skin On Frame Greenland Style Kayak. All the remaining steps are shown.
Went shopping in Ann Arbor Michigan on Sunday for wood for the Masik – the beam in front of the paddler. This can be made out of many types of woods, it is a curved piece.
Sessions 5 and 6 involved marking and mortising both the rib and the beam locations. Cutting and gluing on bow and stern triangles onto the gunwales.
Posted here is a schedule for the entire build process. This is based on the 2010 Skirts and Skins group build which was based in downtown Brighton Michigan. This years build is in a bigger facility in Livonia Michigan off Plymouth Road.
The Skin On Frame Kayak group “Skirts and Skins” help a kayak demo to try out various skin on frame kayaks to determine what size and characteristics works the best.
This session we were ripping the 19-20 foot cedar boards in half for the gunwales, ending up about two and 3/4 inches wide. Then the next step was marking the boards transferring the “story board” markings to the gunwales. The step after that was to mark the rib locations for the mortising.
Wood arrives today and gets distributed to about 18 people to begin the actual build, last meeting we took body measurements and recorded them on a wood “story pole”. For this session we will be laying out the gunwales – the main support beams of the boat that the ribs will go into. The gunwales will be marked for the ribs then the cutting of the ribs will begin followed by shaping of the ribs.
The Greenland Kayak building group “Skirts and Skins” held their second meeting and equipment was moved into the leased warehouse located in Livonia Michigan.