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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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Steve’s Nesting Pack Canoes, Middlebury, Vermont

    Hi all – I am an amateur boat builder, with a dozen or so kayaks and canoes built over the years, mostly for friends and family. I started with a couple of stitch-and-glue kayaks based on Chesapeake Lightcraft designs. Those were fun boats, but I never was crazy about stitch-and-glue. So I moved“Student Builds”

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Franz building a F1 in southeastern Bavaria

Hi, I’m a half century old software developer (actually a physicist) and got the kayak bug a year ago. I live in the very southeast of Bavaria/Germany close to Rosenheim. Now I’m embarking on building a F1.   16th March 2019 I’m currently still preparing things. This is already getting a bit lengthy, since I“Student Builds”

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Peter from South Australia building F2

    Well I have been butting 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“Student Builds”

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Adam’s F1 Build in Norcross, Georgia – USA

For me, the building process began over a year ago when I found Brian’s site over Christmas vacation 2017. I immersed myself in the free course material and as soon as that ran out, I bought the F1 build course and plans. My plan is document the build over the next days/weeks through words and“Student Builds”

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Richard’s – 66 Tandem Canoe – 16 ft. – Wisconsin

Richard (of Valtris Woodworking) decides on, builds, and completes a Cape Falcon, 66 canoe. It is fair to say, that the reason I chose to build a Cape Falcon was Brian’s use of real woodworking. Things like mortise and tenon gunwale design, etc. I have looked at several skin-on-frame companies and this looks really good“Student Builds”

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Peter’s – 66 Canoe – Exeter, England

  My aim is to build a canoe for camping trips. I’m a novice kayaker, 6’ 2” and 75kg. My experience of canoes is limited to very stable craft in excess of 32″beam. I decided on a Double-Paddle Canoe with a theoretical capacity of 90-110kg. Length about 13′ 6″.  Beam 28″.  Depth 10.5″. Started by mocking“Student Builds”

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Nicks F1, Emsworth, UK.

Green oak and Cedar!   Last year I built three SOF kayaks, all fuselage frame construction. Two Gentry KidYaks, and a 1931 Disko Bay, for which I took the museum lines plan and lofted it full size. The kayaks have all worked well, but I want to build a proper steam bent framed one! I“Student Builds”

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Claire’s F1 build, Golden BC

Prep days Getting ready for my first ever build, and prepping for the arrival of my father. His woodworking skills, patience, and humor are all going to be critical factors in the success of this little F1. My plan is to paddle the entire length of the Columbia River in this kayak next summer, for“Student Builds”

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YPRC F1 Build 2018

Hi all – At the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing club we have had a boat-building program for several years. At our first shop we had heat, so we made stitch-and-glue and hybrid kayaks with epoxy and fiberglass. After we left that shop, we didn’t have enough heating to work with epoxy so we moved to“Student Builds”

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Jay’s F1XL

Hi, I am Jay and live on the south coast of the United States.  I have retired after a career as a commercial pilot.  I have had kayaks over the years,  my current kayak is a Innova Seawave, which is a convenient barge of a kayak.  I wanted a better performing kayak to paddle around“Student Builds”

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Lukas’ F1 Build, Burlington, VT

Hi, my name is Lukas, and I’m a graduate student at UVM.  A friend took Brian’s class several years ago, which was the inspiration for me to build my own kayak, though I wanted something a little more stable than the Greenland kayak he made just to get out and do some day trips.  “Student Builds”

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Chuck’s F1 and Greenland Paddle Builds

Introduction A little about me before we get this thing going. By day I’m a Software Engineer, by night I’m a Martial Arts Instructor (https://SunMtnDojo.com). I constantly have little building projects going on and am fixing cars or learning new stuff. Just got back from a trip to Puerto Rico where I helped a team“Student Builds”

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Kurt’s F1 Build in Hillsboro, Oregon

I’m excited to share my F1 kayak build with all of you. I live in Hillsboro, Oregon which is a suburb of Portland. I’m a woodworker by hobby and a computer engineer by training. This summer I get to take a 2 month sabbatical from work and one of the first things I’ve been planning“Student Builds”

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2 new build’s in Sweden !!

May 2018, an Idea is born… Last time long-paddling in a kayak was 1987 ! It was a 2 weeks tour to the Norwegian Fjords. Me and my wife had 2 greenland inspired kayaks that we imported from UK 1982. They where 5m long and 58cm wide and had very tight and small cockpits. Very nice“Student Builds”

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