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More Ammonia Testing

I soaked a new coaming for 24 hours in 10% ammonia.  It broke.  Up to point where the thickness got to 1/4 ìnch it bent around the 7 inch diameter.  Looking at the break, the 10% ammonia solution soaked in about 1/8 inch from either face, leaving 1/8 inch in the center.  I solved the“Student Builds”

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Coaming Tapering Jig

I cut a 3/8 : 13 taper in some scrap wood and used it to taper the ends of the coaming. The jig worked very well. I filled an 8 foot section of 1.5 inch OD PVC pipe and soaked the coaming in it for 90 minutes.  I then attempted to bend it.  When I“Student Builds”

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Photos from Day 2 and Ammonia Bending Experiment.

This weekend I had light to photo graph the second prep days work.  This completed all of the wood cutting and dimensioning.   I picked up the pieces and it struck me how little wood actually goes into a kayak.  Guess that’s why they are light.  

Prep Day 2

Wow that was fast. I now have all the wood cut to dimension.  The foredeck beams are drying.  I still need to bring a few pieces down from 3/4 to 11/16 inch.  And somewhere in the build, I think I will need to shape the stems.  I also need to make the special sticks.,  I“Student Builds”

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Greg’s F1 Build – Seattle WA

10/13/2019 My first post… I actually can’t say I’ve started actually building yet, but I have started the entire process! 🙂 I’ve loved getting an intro by watching all the online videos. It looks amazing what can be done and created using this video course. I couldn’t be more excited! Here is where I am“Student Builds”

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F1 build

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 prepearing for the project.“Student Builds”

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Matt’s 13-7 pack build, Burlington, Vermont

This is my third build using Brian’s system.  I love building this way; the freedom and flexibility to play with the formula and manipulate the shape of the boat is liberating.  It is also the first time that I’ve made any attempt to really record my build process.  I was surprised at how hard it“Student Builds”

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Ryan’s 66 Large Touring Double-Paddle Canoe, Houston, TX

Couch to canoe in 5 weeks. I have nearly no woodworking experience and didn’t have many tools when I started this project, so it has been a slow start. I’m using fir since all the red cedar I have found is knot full. Finding green oak locally has been near impossible, I found some white“Student Builds”

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Dave’s F1 build in Victoria BC

Dave here from Victoria, British Columbia. I’m so glad I finally pulled the trigger on Brian’s course. I suspect this F1 will be one of many Cape Falcon vessels I build. I consider myself a medium-experienced paddler. Maybe when I’m in my 70’s or 80’s (I’m late 40’s now) I’ll consider myself more advanced, but“Student Builds”

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Kamilla, F1 Build, Tiilerilaaq East Greenland

Started building a kayak in Tiilerilaaq for the pupils to use. The builders are Max – school headmaster and Kamilla – teacher and writer of this blog. Our school has about a dozen of pupils. Tiilerilaaq is a traditional fishing and hunting settlement on Sermilik fjord and has about 70 inhabitants. Kayaks are used here“Student Builds”

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West greenland kayak

this build has been a great journey, i have enjoyed building my own and first kayak. i am now done with the frame and are ready to skin the kayak. I have found a german website where i have purchased tge skin extremetextile.de, i wanted to purchase it in the US, but the shipment to“Student Builds”

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Starting the West greenland in West greenland

Finally starting My West greenland boat, i have been waiting for wood supply at the hardwood store and they finally got it last week. I have been converting alot of the measurements from imperial to metric, which i Hope wont affect too much for My build. Since the hardwood store do not have much to“Student Builds”

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Thorsten‘s LPB Kayak & Greenland Paddle

Hi Folks, I’m Thorsten, 34 years old, living in Regensburg – Bavaria/Germany, building a LPB. After two months looking for straight wood that would properly bend for the ribs and coaming, I finally was lucky to get a whole tree of ash (1.000 kg = 2.200 lbs). The problem here was mostly timing. Usually, trees“Student Builds”

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Andreas’s F1 Build

Hello. This is Andreas from the San Francisco Bay area. I never thought I’d build a kayak, but here I am. This post is for people who may be curious about building a kayak but like me were not sure they could pull it off. I am (was?) a novice woodworker and am still a“Student Builds”

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Canoes in North Dakota

5/24/2019 INTRODUCTION. Hello, I’m Justin, I live in the middle of nowhere North Dakota (ND). Living in the middle of nowhere as you can imagine makes getting proper material a bit of a challenge as most of the lumber yards around me just have your typical building materials. If you know anything about North Dakota“Student Builds”

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Alan’s LPB and Greenland Paddle

4/15/19 So I am entered in the California River Quest and the Texas Water Safari this year and have decided that the LPB will be the perfect mix of speed and stability for those races. I’ve never paddled one – but I’ve decided anyway. I started off making a couple of paddles first. I have“Student Builds”

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Des Moines IA F1 build

So I did all that work sharpening my antique miter saw only to realize that the jig I had made for the miter saw would not fit it. So I borrowed a power miter saw from my friend. I built the above jig so i could accurately cut diagonal cuts into my long stringers and“Student Builds”

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Des Moines, IA F1 Build

Hello Everyone, I have been in the planning process for building an F1 for about 8 months now. I have limited financial resources at the time, and I do not have a woodworking shop, or a wealth of nice tools. I have been slowly collecting chisels, rasps, drills, bits, hand jig saws, clamps, planers, and“Student Builds”

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