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 one shown on the skin boat site appears to be quicker and easier to keep the line straight and get the skin tight.

Start Of Skin

Start Of Skin - Greenland Kayak

First the skin is laid over the Greenland kayak frame, folded over and creased. Then skin placed back on the boat with the crease on the keelson.  A clamp is added to hold the skin in place.

Sewing The Ends

Sewing The Ends

Next the front is stitched, four inched measured back on the stern and marked, bow taken over stern stitched at the line, taken off, bow put back on and the stern is pulled and stretched over the stern.

Pinning and Cutting

Pinning

Push pins are used to keep the bottom tight, skin pulled tight and pins added to keep the skin stretched and wrinkle free. This is done on both sides the entire length of the boat.

Cutting Skin

Cutting Skin

Excess material is removed with a soldering iron to cut and fuse the skin, a smelly operation unless you like burnt nylon. The material left is 4 inches beyond the center batten. The batten is added to be a guide to keep the sew line straight, then pulled out later. Starting the knot on the port side the stitches are made one have inch intervals starting at the center of the batten and at the starboard side edge of the batten, pulling the sinew thread tight after each stitch.

I am not very good at sewing, stuck my finger with the needle several times,  many band aids to keep the blood off the skin,  lost track of which stitch I was doing and had to pull it back out more times than I want to admit.  Think I have the hang of it after sewing the front deck.

Bow and Stern Sewn

Greenland Kayak Bow and Stern Sewn

First Stitch Complete

First Stitch Complete

The excess is cut again to be ready for the final finish stitch folding over the two material ends and hiding the port side stitch.

Cutting The Excess

Cutting The Excess

Canoe Build

Wood Strip Canoe Build

Canoe Strip Build

Canoe Strip Build

Sanding the Canoe

Sanding the Canoe

Almost ready to start kayaking, when are you getting in the water again?

 

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