Since 2005, Seawolf has been teaching the traditional art of skin-on-frame kayak building to people around the globe. Some 600 kayaks later, we’re still refining and improving our designs. We’ve met some incredible builders and paddlers from Finland to California.
Expeditioner & Designer
Kiliii Yüyan is an indigenous (Nanai) boat builder & photographer with a passion for all things wild. He has guided survival expeditions by land and sea and paddled many regions of the world.
Kiliii has spent years with traditional kayak-using communities of the North, learning the skills of building qayaqs and umiaqs. Now he designs skin-on-frame kayaks for the modern paddler and helps return the kayak to its original communities and Native youth.
As a photographer, Kiliii documents the stories of contemporary Native communities and the natural world. See his work at www.kiliii.com.
Builder & Instructor
Addie built her first kayak with Seawolf in 2015, and hasn’t looked back since. Her love for creating sawdust can be traced as far back as she can remember. When not free-soloing the hemlocks behind the house, Addie spent her childhood finding any excuse to loiter in her dad’s wood shop.
After a brief ill-guided postgrad foray into the world of tech start-ups, she got back to her roots, got her hands dirty, and started building kayaks. Not long after that, she was teaching workshops. As is the case with things you love, sharing the beauty of woodworking and incredible utility of traditional technology through Seawolf’s skin-on-frame workshops is the best part of her job.
Addie builds Seawolf’s inventory between organizing and teaching workshops. She also brings a mean cribbage game.