Sunday, May 21, 2017

May expedition

It has been quite a bit of paddling in May - at last! Weather's been fair and even the rainy days are GREAT for paddling the local waters. Today my 12 year old daughter suggested a paddle trip to the medieval church on the shores of lake Fiskum. It's a 5 km. paddle from our home, so we loaded the double baidarka and ventured out.

At first, it was quite windy. The first 2 kilometers are on the river. I wish the smell of the bird cherry flowers could be expressed in this photo. It doesn't, but it really adds to the feeling of early summer. I enjoy this a lot.

Sissel is the expedition photographer and front hatch paddler. She did great doing  both jobs.

I'm the rear paddler AND captain of the ship. So I think, at least...

We're getting closer to the church. It's not always easy to find the mouth of the little river that takes us closer to the church.

This church was build around year 1250. Same time as the characteristic Norwegian stave churches. It lies all by it self close to the water.

These are very hard to read...

And very beautiful...


I'm very impressed with the performance of this two-hatch baidarka. I built it quite a few years ago and haven't used it a lot. It's 6,5 m. long and 65 cm. wide. It's pretty hard to paddle alone in wind, but today with Sissel's help we easily paddled a 10 km. distance at an average speed of 6 km/hour. That's good speed for such a great wet surface... in a strong breeze. On the way home, we got a little help from wind, current and waves and managed 11 km/hour.

We haven't seen beavers for a while, but today we learned that they have found a new home :)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Qajaq and iqyax building class, April

 Spring came and went... The leaves started to shoot on the newly planted maple tree in my yard. Then winter suddenly came back with snow and cold. In the middle of all this, a group of people gathered in my workshop to build a kayak each.
 The hours and days flew by as the wooden frames took shape.
 People would help each other with different tasks. The Greenland style kayak always finish first. The waiting time was spent making paddles.

A couple of evenings, we went paddling. One day in heavy wind and snow. A great experience
 for our french student!

Ole Kristian inspects his nearly finished iqyax frame.
Lashings and dowels... Here Sylvian hammers the last dowel that binds the oak ribs and the spruce keelson together.

Sylvian and Bjørn help each other with the

The Frames are oiled in the end..The next step will be covering with heavy duty canvas.
Something new..... This new patent of securing the very important and potentially life-saving sea sock to the cockpit rim has been on it's way for a while. For the first time the whole class would choose this kind of sea sock. Unfortunately the process involves the use of of power tools, but not for long :)

The finished result looks neater than the old style with a chord (as seen in the background kayaks).

Happy future kayakers.....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring activity

It has indeed been a very long winter. I always get impatient at this time of the year. I check the ice edge on the lake regularly with binoculars and occasionally take a paddle out there just to check how long it is till the ice will be gone for this time. Now Ice seems to be gone for good, and I've taken out my new racing SOF Iqyax SUP...

Currently building yet another Greenland style kayak for a Norwegian customer, and meanwhile preparing cockpit coamings for next week's kayak building class. There will be students from Norway, Sweden and France attending this time.

Yesterday I had the rare pleasure of paddling and rolling with my youngest son, Åsmund. He thought he would start practicing rolls again, and he is planning to compeed in the Norwegian championship this summer. Last year he took a 2. place among all (first place among juniors) with nothing but 3 days practice. The kid is a natural!

Got my own new Iqyax tested as well. with a beam of only 45 cm. it is incredible stable (and fast of course). Great thing about a tiny kayak like this is that I don't need any padding to do advanced rolls. It's so tight to get into. 

This paddle is my current favorite for speed paddling :)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Qajaq and ixyaq building class

Yesterday I finished a great 8 days class with students from near and far.

We built 4 touring ixyaq (baidarka) with hatches, Aleut style paddles and hatches.

We also built 2 rolling qajaq and a racing qajaq for the Greenland international qajaq competition this summer....and a childrens qajaq and a very beutiful ordinary south greenland style qayaq for general use.

Happy students and their proud teacher!

After class, we even had time to test the kayaks. demonstrated some wet exit safety techniques and we did some racing and rolling on the river :)

Thanks to Roger (Kayakid) and Vidar from Trondheim, Vidar and Jon David from Oslo, Erik from Sweden, Johan from USA and Jannie and Cecilie from Denmark! Big hugs to everyone and Happy paddling!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

First class this year

Saturday I had the great pleasure of giving the first paddle making class this year.
Paddle making is a short class, taking typically 9 hours and a class that has been gradually more popular the last 10 years.  Counting last year’s classes reveals that more than 120 people have made their own paddle through one of my classes in 2016! I think that’s a lot of paddles and it warms my heart J

This class consisted of people from Sandefjord Kayak club. Sandefjord is one hour’s drive from here, on the South East coast .

Some had made paddles before, some hadn’t. Some made classic Greenland style all round paddles, some made Aleut paddles, one made a spare paddle and one made a surf paddle, which basically is a short wide Greenland style paddle.

We had a great day together. I can’t complain on either company or food! Thanks a lot, Sandefjord Kayak club. Happy paddling! I’m looking forward to see you again on the water or in the workshop next year!

nw1 from anders thygesen on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Iqyax rolling

It has been such a busy spring. Paddles have been made, classes have been held. And in between, I have built a new Iqyax....

My theory is that rolling any kayak is all about padding.... or at least mostly.

This little beauty is 5,18 cm. long, 52 cm. wide. Canvas covered wooden frame, spruce and oak...19 kilo including sea sock and a pretty flat/square cross section..

I did a little test ride this afternoon. As expected, it was fast and very stable. It fitted me like a glove and I had no difficulty doing pretty advanced Greenland rolls in it.....The video shows elbow roll, forward ending hand roll and static bracing with elbow roll ending.. :)

Iqyax rolling from anders thygesen on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Paddling and kayak build movie...

I just came home from a great trip to "my" island in lake Eikeren...It was cold, windy and rainy, but after 1/2 hour of paddling, the pain in my back that I've had for a couple of days just disappeared! and my mind just cleared....and I felt so the cold, wind and rain....And I started wondering why I don't paddle more often...

Once home, I noticed last year's movie project was spread on the internet, shared and liked 1000 times! warms my heart. Watch and enjoy: