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Greenland Kayak “Skin On Frame” Building Update March 19 – Start Kayaking


For this week’s Greenland Kayak building we were cranking up the steamer and bending green white oak ribs, sanding them smooth for entry and exit, then pinning them to the gunwale.  Next the bow and stern plates were cut from a pine three foot board nine inches wide. The Greenland kayak wood steaming equipment, normally […]

Mid March SOF Kayak Build – Start Kayaking


This week about half the people were finishing up the deck beam tenons and lashing the beams to the gunwales. The bottom boat ribs are getting cut and one person got the steamer going Saturday to bent all his ribs. I think he only lost two to cracking and had to re-do them.

March 3-5 Skin On Frame Kayak Build – Start Kayaking


This week making the deck beam tenons continued and the curved beams were cut. Three people got to the stage where the beams could be pegged in place, I will be at that stage for the next session.

Greenland SOF Kayak Build Update – Start Kayaking


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.

Greenland Kayak 2011 Building Schedule – Skirts & Skins Group To Start Kayaking


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.

Skin On Frame Build – Greenland Kayak Project


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.

Skin On Frame Greenland Kayak Build 5 and 6


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.

Skin On Frame Greenland Kayak 2011 Building Schedule – Skirts & Skins Group


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.

Greenland Skin On Frame Kayak Building 4


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.

Greenland Skin On Frame Build 3


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.