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 a boat builder & photographer with Nanai/Hézhé (Siberian Native) and Chinese ancestry and a passion for all things wild. He has guided expeditions by land and sea and paddled many regions of the world.
Kiliii builds dsais (Siberian kayaks) from his Nanai traditions, and has also spent years with other traditional kayak-using communities of the North, learning building skills from circumpolar Iñuit communities. Today he designs skin-on-frame kayaks for modern paddlers and is helping to return the boatbuilding tradition to its cultural roots.
As a photographer, Kiliii illuminates the stories of Indigenous communities, wildlands, and the Arctic. 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.