I am Jukka Olanterä from Finland. I live near Lahti and I have paddled for many years over 1000 km every year. I have paddled all over Finland on lakes and sea. But also in Sweden, Estonia and Russia.
I am starting to build F1 skin-on-frame kayak. Now I am making preparing for the project. I have almost all the nessesary tools and also the place to build.
I have faced few problems with preparing.
First of all the measures are different (U.S. Customary System). We use SI(The International System of Units). I think that I have to make metric conversion.
An other problem is with gunwales, stingers and keel. There is not Red Cedar available in Finland over 10 ft long and and Red Cedar is expencive over here. I think that I will use Siberia
Now I have started the project. Finaly I foud place where to buy Red Cedar. They are importing 2” * 4” 16 ft Red Cedar from Germany, where is exported from Canada. And the price was resonable. White Oak for ribs is much easier to get.
I have made all nessesary jigs and forms. Some changes I have made with measures. Some measures I have coverted to SI – standart, for instance plunge router carbide bits are available in SI-standart, but not in inches. But with all other measures I use inches.
Finaly I managed to bend the ribs. I tried different lumber.. I started with white oak, but it was doomed operation. Most ribs were broken. I don’t know what was wrong with white oak, apparently I did not get decent white oak in Finland. I made few ribs from ash and rest from hickory. Hickory was easy to bend.