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Boat Building Techniques

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Building the Petrel SG
Working on the deck of the Petrel SG in class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. This is day 3 of a 5 day class.

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Hybrid Sea Kayak

Hybrid construction could mean any method of building a boat which combines two different building techniques.

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Stitch and Glue Sea Kayak

This method of building boats use pre-cut plywood panels that are "stitched" together along their joints and then glued. The shape of the boat is determined by the shape of the panels. The 2 dimensional flat panels are bent when they are stitched along their curved edges to the adjoining panel. The shape of the curve between the adjoining panels determines the 3 dimensional shape of the finished boat.

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Strip planked kayak

Strip building is the craft of turning a pile of thin strips of wood into a high-performance, durable boat.

Build Your Own Skin-on-Frame microBootlegger Sport at CVSW

Jan 19 2019 9:00 am
Jan 24 2019 12:00 pm

Paddling a skin on frame kayak

I am really pleased to offer a new class. In this class we will build the Skin on Frame microBootlegger Sport. While I do not yet offer the plans, I am able to lead people through the building of this unique, fun sea kayak.

Skin-on-Frame microBootlegger Sport - Build Review

This 11 minute video gives a quick overview of the whole process of building skin on frame micrBootlegger Sport sea kayak. As of the time of this video capture I had not fully tested the kayak yet. My goal after more testing is to release plans and kits.

Skin-on-Frame microBootlegger Sport - Painting and Outfitting


We are getting there! Hi, I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. This is the final episode of building the skin on frame microBootlegger Sport.

In this episode I'll paint the fabric, make and install a seat and add some decklines.

Skin-on-Frame microBootlegger Sport - Sewing the Skin


Hi, I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to episode 6 of my build of the skin on frame microBootlegger Sport. In today's episode we will be wrapping the frame with its skin of polyester fabric. 

Skin-on-Frame microBootlegger Sport - Lashing the Frame


Hi, I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. In this fifth episode of making the skin on frame I am lashing the stringers to the frames.

A few of the frame pieces need to be assembled. Here the stern stem frame is fitted to the last sectional frame.

Skin-on-Frame microBootlegger Sport - Test Fitting the Frame


Hi, I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. In this fourth episode of making the skin on frame microBootlegger Sport, I will be fitting the stringers.

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