Barney Builds a Kayak: A Camera Tester Ventures into Skin-on-Frame Building

Our workshops attract participants from all walks of life: enthusiastic woodworkers, semi-pro sea kayakers, traditionalists, and everything in between. Or sometimes, none of the above.

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Sometimes, people just need to get out from behind their desk, pick up a chisel, and get crafty. Last April, our friend Barney, over at the camera review site DPReview.com, got it in his head that he’d like to document the process of building a kayak. The result is a camera field test for the Canon EOS 80D—but just below the surface is the story of a young urbanite living out a boyhood dream he never knew he had.

This video combines our three favorite things: kayak building, photography, and the drought-dry wit of our friend Barney Britton. Be warned: it’s a long video, but it’s a very good look at the entire process of building a kayak in our workshops.

Sit back, relax, and watch Barney build his first kayak.

Thank you to DPReview for letting us hang out with Barney for a week, Barney Britton for adding humor and striped shirts to our workshop, and We Our Shouting for making it all happen.