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Spring Kayaking – Start Kayaking


Hey the waters high, the temperature warm, time to start kayaking if you have been thinking about it.  I paddled early Saturday morning and it was very relaxing and peaceful.  The power boats are not out in force yet, many wait till after the Memorial Day holiday or until schools out before they get onto […]

Getting Ready To Start Kayaking My Greenland Boat


I have four coats of Dura Tuff polyurethane coating on my Greenland kayak, I’m not happy with the look so wanted to add one last coat.  Unfortunately Michigan weather in the last week has been less than optimum to put on the coating outside.  Then once the last coat cures,  the fun begins to get […]

Easter Weekend Greenland Kayak Building – Week 12


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 […]

Greenland Kayak “Skin On Frame” Building Week 11


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 […]

Greenland Kaya “Skin On Frame” Building Session 10


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.

Greenland Kayak Building Week 9 – Start Kayaking


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 […]

Crossroads Group Huron River Winter Paddle 2011


The Crossroads Group held their annual winter paddle down the Huron River in SE Michigan. The Group just got it in under the wire just a short 6 hours before the official start of spring. Normally held in February, truth be told, this year there might have been frozen sections of the river. The 10 […]

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.