Building the Greenland Kayak -

Building the Greenland Kayak

By Christopher Cunningham



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This volume offers complete plans and instructions for building a lashed-frame, fabric-covered Greenland kayak. The building method is derived from traditional Inuit methods but incorporates a number of techniques designed to ensure that a novice builder can produce a strong, properly shaped hull. Few kayaks can match the Greenland kayak for simplicity, elegance and performance. Its low profile keeps windage to a minimum, and its narrow beam makes it fast and well behaved in rough waters. The hard chines carve through turns at the tip of the paddler's hips. The kayak design set forth in this book is scalable to fit the builder, and there is also a low-volume version that is especially suited for Eskimo rolling. Building a Greenland kayak makes an excellent introduction to woodworking and boatbuilding and is an inexpensive way to get on the water in a high-performance kayak. Building it requires an investment of time so, as the author says: "the best kayak builder is one who believes the process of building a kayak is a goal in itself and not just a means to an end." The author first rebuilt a Greenland kayak in the early 1970s, and has built numerous Alaskan and Greenland kayaks since 1979. He taught Greenland kayak construction at the WoodenBoat school for three years, with a total of 21 students successfully building kayaks. Cunningham first wrote these instructions after finding that the only book devoted to the topic was inadequate for the do-it-yourselfer. He published the instructions in abbreviated form in 1993 - 4 in a two-part "Sea Kayaker" article that became the magazine's most requested reprint ever. This book also includes a chapter on building a child's kayak with outriggers for stability; chapters on equipment including paddles and rolling sticks; and a chapter on kayak paddling including strokes, braces and rolling techniques.

Product code: 9780071392372

ISBN 9780071392372
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H236xW198xS13
No. Of Pages 208
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Leads readers through the process of crafting their own lashed-frame, fabric-covered, custom-fitted Greenland kayak, using common woodworking tools. This manual includes: primers in lumber milling, fastening, rib bending, and measuring; and instructions for making a Greenland paddle, paddling clothing, float bags, skegs, and more.