Phillip and the West Greenland Kayak build(Stretched form ), Glengarry, Tasmania, Australia .

Nov 2020

I have almost finished the prep work for the stretched form of the West Greenland Kayak.

White oak from Cape Falcon Kayaks arrived during the lock downs .I have tried to keep stable in a cool room at 70-80 % Humidity .
I used the cnc to cut the spreaders and capture forms which worked quite well .
again the CNC for the Jigs
For the straight cut I used a CNC to cut a variation of the Samurai Jig . (https://youtu.be/2IMDZ2vs8NM)
15 Nov 2020 .Today gluing up the laminations RED cedar and a center strip of Mahogany, I have opted for West system Epoxy, since this is what I know, Micro fiber filler .

17 Nov The west system epoxy created a few problems, it makes for a slippery surface and as the clamps were attached they became hard to hold and even with the wax it stuck to the dowels .The result was still fine but I will try the polyurethane glue next time.

25 Nov 2020

Spent the weekend working on the build, I made a huge stuff up by putting the rib mortise on the wrong side, I have plugged these up and spend yesterday cutting the rib mortises and the deck mortises .

Nov 30 2020

Slow progress wedges done and most of the bevels cut .I found it helpful to draw a line on the edge of the taper to keep track .

Phillip

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I'm an Optometrist and have developed skills in woodworking, mostly Luthiery .With interests in Kayaks and Japanese joinery . I built 2 strip plank Kayaks designed by Nick Schade but that was many years ago. Living in Tasmania, the southern most state in Australia which has a wonderful climate and many beautiful rivers to explore .After admiring the lovely lines on the Greenland Kayaks I have decided the built the West Greenland as my first Skin on frame kayak.

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