Sunday, February 26, 2012

The 1845 iqyax (baidarka)

This week I've had a little time to work on the new 1845 Iqyax replica that I build with my friend Alexander.

On friday it was sushi for lunch, and the chopsticks worked fine as dowels....Thanks for both lunch and valueable materials Geir!

Alex came by on saturday and did some work on the deck beams. we made grooves in them and painted the grooves blue. We don't have the slightest idea why the original was made this way, but it looks nice. We thought of using the outmost fringed part of whale baleen instead of the "hair" that was used to decorate the original iqyax inside.

I bent the cockpit coaming from a nice piece of ash, using steam to soften the wood. Alex had printed a perfect cockpit shape, and the result was perfect too.

Finally, the bow began to take shape - it looked incredibly small, but the measures are right. The sun came through the workshop windows, and the whole thing looked really beautiful. Here you see Alex lashing the deck beams to the gunwhales.

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