Woodenboat Workshop: Day 6

Veteran builder Michael: A kayak you build yourself takes on a personality of its own.

Today, veteran builder Michael explains why he’s still making kayaks. “It’s kind of the Pinocchio effect, where you’re taking something that’s inanimate and assembling it and it has it’s own life after that,” he says. “It has its own personality.” In a series of short videos over the next seven days, Canoe & Kayak follows first-time kayak builders as they turn boxes of wood, wire and fiberglass into handcrafted wooden kayaks.

A typical workshop week:

Check back for a new video installment every day this week

Day 1—Students begin to stitch their first panels together
Day 2—The hull strips are laid down and glued

Day 3—Deck is assembled and glued. Students work together to lay decks on each boat

Day 4—Inside is glassed

Day 5—Underside is glassed

Day 6—Deck is glued to the hull

Day 7—Students put their finished kayaks on their car and drive home

Camera work by Freya Fennwood of Fennwood Photography

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