Laking Build, Auckland, New Zealand

We are George and Robert Laking, building 2x F1 kayaks, starting in November 2021.

Phase I, 23 November 2021: we came to build kayaks, these are battleships (some pretty solid workbenches on castors). And the garage needs a tidy!

We came to build kayaks, these are battleships

22 December 2021: Battleships complete! Garage is tidier, too. Also, received 2x kayak kits from Brian and Liz.

Workbenches — thinking of them as Aotearoa and Te Wai Pounamu (the Māori names for NZ’s two main islands)

Western Red Cedar obtained from BBS Timber, Henderson, Auckland, NZ. It was an exciting drive back across town with this battering ram strapped to the roof of the vehicle. Smaller plan is in the front seat. That’s younger brother Julian in the photo.

Cross-sectional plan for ripping planks. In the New Year we’ll head down to the local community “Mens’ Shed” for time on their table saw. There’ll be about 17 cuts in here. Also hoping to squeeze out some 4 mm strips for laminates.

Hopefully this is not revealing too much of the plans! I have encoded it using our mysterious metric cryptography.

Happy New Year 2022! We are sweltering at 27 Celsius 50% humidity. Well it feels hot to me. We went to the local “Men’s Shed”, a community workshop mainly for seniors. It’s just down the road and they have all the big tools.

Martin giving me a hand. Where’s my hair?

18 January 2022: Oops, 4th gunwale is from undressed side of timber.

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