Here we are, at day 5 and all of the wooden frames for the qajaqs were done yesterday and oiled with linseed oil. The looked beautiful in the evening light.
We started out saturday and finished the frames over a course of four days. Everybody worked fast and long days and we had e few more helpers coming in to join us. Jane Rosalind and Peter Gengler. Peter is well know for his short movies on kayaing and biking. Look him up on Vimeo. You won't regret it!
Starting out with to skinny sticks. Anders shows how to prepare mortises for the ribs.
Ben working on his gunwales.
Jannie helping Francis with the lineup inside the gunwales on the bow.
Now we have started the prosess of shaping of the deck.
After the deck is done, we mount the stern and bow and then last the keel. Making everything ready for bending the ribs.
Ron lashing the bow of his west Greenland style qajaq. In the end everything that holds the frame together is dowels, lashings and the skin.
With the stern, bow and keel in place, Anders starts working on the ribs. He bend ribs for eight qajaqs in record time.
Here is Rebeccas Iqyax with the ribs done. She was the first to get those done. She does look happy :).
After the frames are done we started oiling the frames. We worked in the dark and the group teamed up again and everybody helped everybody. Qajaqbuiling in only 6 days are highly build on a team effort.
An here we are on Wednesday morning. Ready for skinning. Calmer days awaits :).
The group photo. The Iqyax frames are shown as number five and eight. Anders and Jannie in the middle.