Saturday, March 31, 2018

Paddling again

About time to get out paddling again? Well, the local waters are all frozen. I crossed my nearest lake the other day on skis.Temperatures are still below -10 at night, and during daytime they crawl up around zero :)

However, The sun has been shining for a few days now, and I took the rare opportunity to paddle a bit in the near Vestfold archipelago. Put together a few living images:

Winter paddling from anders thygesen on Vimeo.

Here I paddle my newest ixyaq (baidarka) It is only 48 cm. wide and 5,5 meters long. It is still very stable and I don't feel the least uncomfortable, even in big breaking waves (which didn't happen this day).

It's fast, no need to say that... and it weights only 14 kilo. I made it very light on purpose, so that it wouldn't stress my stressed out lower back when lifting it up and down and around..

New project on the move in the shop.... stay tuned :)

Monday, March 19, 2018

More work in the shop

There has been a lot of work to do lately, and I'm slowly doing progress on several projects.
There are paddles to make, Kayaks to build and classes to be held. It's all good, and the best part is that the days are getting still longer. Even though the temperature is keeping a constant level of below -10 degrees C and the snow is still piled up 2 meters above the ground outside, I can feel how nature is preparing for spring. Birds are singing and there are short periods of sunlight now and then.

Paddles for Italy

Finishing an Ixyaq for a British guy

Sewing tools

Preparing paddle making classes

Finishing this great class with Oslo kayak club..

Happy paddling :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Back in the shop

It feels like such a long time since I last had on my work clothes. First I've had this pain in my back, which has been pretty disabling. Then certain machines and tools needed repair and maintenance. Then there was the trip to Japan, and then the cold.... There has been a long period now with average temperatures of -15 c. and my electric heating can't make the workshop comfortable in such conditions.

Today the temperature was only -5 and I got started on a few practical work projects.. finally!

This beautiful Ixyaq is right now being tailor made for a customer. I finished the hull and started working on the deck.

...and found this little plane that i bought in Japan to be the perfect tool for trimming the stringers that form the hull to perfect shape!

This is a qajaq I built years ago. I started removing the old canvas. This is so tough work. The plan is to re-skin it for the owner, and make a fancy new sea sock "Klepper" style.

Skin came off nicely and it seems the frame doesn't need any kind of repair.

My new refrigerator magnet "Maneki-neko" along a message from my Italian friend. They fit nicely together. The text says "Don't forget to be happy". I'll try to keep that in mind :)