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. Today, Matt tells us why he chose to build his own kayak.

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