Well I have been putting this of for awhile, not the blogging but the building of a double kayak. My wife finally won out. So here I am building my 5th skin on frame Kayak. and I must say it fills my shed, barely enough room to get around either end. It keeps me fit all the walking around the kayak. I started by building the coaming, my main load of timber hand’t arrived yet so using up what I have laying around. I am trying to use PAULOWNIA for the main frame and bamboo for the ribs. so far the combination has worked well on the 2 F1’s
With the coamings I use 4mm x 37mm thin laminations 6 of them and laminate them together with Epoxy resin bit fiddly but it seems to work. I steam bend the laminations first let them set then glue them. next image you can see them laminated and curing.
Bamboo ribs laid out ready for measuring
Ribs cut to length and ready for soaking, I use bamboo so I find that soaking overnight makes them easier to bend
Hi I am Peter a energetic young 70 year old that has come back to kayaking after an absence of about 45 years. I enjoy working with my hands and always making or creating something. Building skin on frame kayaks fills both of my needs. Have worked in the building industry most of my life, about ten years ago turned to photography for my semi-retirement job. I want to be able to work as long as possible and kayaking is keeping me fit. I already own a west greenland kayak in which I am learning to roll.