Tuesday, May 21, 2013

1841 Iqyax continued......

Finally, after 1 year of gathering dust, the replica of amazing 1841 Ixyaq from the St. Petersburg museum of anthropology is ready for covering. It has been great fun building this craft, but now I'm eager to get it on the water and do some speed paddling!

It's all in the details! I don't have any idea what this blue painted groove was for on the original, but we did them anyway. Instead of sea lion whiskers, we used little threads of whale baleen. That may make the kayak more seaworthy or something?

Here is the whole frame, oiled with red pigmented linseed oil. It's outside dimensions are around 580x43 cm. I don't remember the exact measures, but we have followed the original faithfully.

You can guess for yourself what this is! To be continued......

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A new apprentice

The 1. of May, I met with Will Meadows from the US. Will is on a round-the-world tour to study traditional canoe building. The plan is for Will to stay until end of june, to work with me in my workshop.

Will's great help makes it possible to spend more time doing fun projects, like finishing the 1850 Baidarka I started building last year....More about that later......

I want to encourage everyone to read Wills blog - this guy has done some amazing canoe building around the world: http://www.humanitysvessel.com/

New kayak building video

Hello everyone! Springtime has been extra busy this year. Paddle building courses, kayak building courses and lots of great work making paddles and other stuff!

I just got this great video from some of my kayak students that attended a course in april. Enjoy!