The Greenland style kayak “skin on frame” building is now about cutting and sewing the skin. Four boats are getting skinned a fifth is ready for next week. The sewing is a learn as you go process, we are using the method shown on the Skin Boat Site. There are several methods to sew, this [...]
Second session of Greenland Kayak Building week 11, was used to make coamings, and finish Masiks. The steamer cranked up to bend the coamings around forms made to fit the individual Kayaks. I added a new aluminum strip to an existing fixture and drilled some more holes for clamps. I was able to use a [...]
We are pretty much on schedule for Greenland Kayak Building, many of the boats the frame is done and has a sealing finish on it, for several others they are only a couple days behind. Unfortunately days jobs and travel has kept some people away from build days. The facility is only rented though April, [...]
Southeast Michigan gave us over 80 degrees and sunny which made for a great day to paddle Sea Kayaks from Little Portage to Zukey Lake Tavern and back. This was the opening day to start kayaking. The forecast was originally for thunder showers, then mostly cloudy so the sunny skies was a nice surprise. The [...]
Finishing up the Greenland kayak top decks this week, floor boards being added, finish sanding the frame. Putting on a coating of linseed oil to protect the wood. The “skin” was cut for each boat. Next is to make the coaming and on to the sewing.
This week all the remaining Greenland boats were doing ribs, others were working on the end plates, Steffen was fixturing and bending/gluing his Masik (pronounced Maasheek). The Masik is the last major beam to add and is top side just in front of the paddler. The Masik can be made many ways; from laminated and [...]