RESOURCES for BUILDERS & PADDLERS
but first… THE WRONG WAY(S) Because the “right way” to do something is by definition not the wrong way, let us begin with some glowing examples of the wrong way to tie down your kayak (or canoe, or SUP, or lumber, or IKEA furniture… a transferrable life skill!) We’ve seen a lot of cringe-worthy tie […]
Tightening sinew while lashing and sewing can do some damage to your fingers and hands if they get rubbed too hard. While we usually get creative with athletic tape (once a rock climber, always a rock climber), we have recently recommended students bring a pair of fingerless gloves to save their hands. But most fingerless work […]
Back in the day, qayaq builders used sharp stones and basic metal tools to cut driftwood for frames. Needless to say, this would take awhile. We’ve modernized the process just enough to fit our workshops in 9 short days. Below is the list of hand-tools each participant is responsible for bringing. We have done our best to distill down […]
Choosing the right wood for your kayak or paddle is the single most important factor of the durability of your boat. Kiliii explains the mysteries of wood grain and what to watch out for. Hi folks, this is Kiliii Yuyan from Seawolf Kayak. Let’s talk today about choosing the right kind of wood to make a good […]
Once you bring your kayak home remember to feed and brush it twice a day, and make sure it has lots to chew on. Just kidding. That’s puppies! Your kayak, on the other hand, should be stored in a dry place, out of the sun. Here are a few more tips to make sure your SOF […]
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. 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 […]
We finally got our newest prototype out on the water and it is… awesome! The Kelpie is a low-volume, narrow beam kayak designed for experienced paddlers. The speed and tracking on the water allow smaller paddlers to keep pace with the big guys. With a low freeboard and instant acceleration, you’ll forget when you end and the […]
The modern skin-on-frame kayak is a traditional ultralight craft. Half the weight but stronger than a fiberglass sea kayak. Modern hulls meet traditional build. Wood Selection and Cutting Starting from either logs or lumber, the red cedar is hand-picked (1 board per 10 chosen). Then it’s milled to tiny dimensions. Marking and cutting tenons Marking […]
After deciding which model to build, choosing a color is the most obvious way to personalize your kayak. It is also what people spend the most time agonizing over. From bright yellow to dark brown to light gray, the color options are seemingly endless and once pigment is added to the polyurethane, you are committed. This […]
A sea sock is an amazing safety invention, particularly for skin-on-frame kayaks. They keep water out of the boat if you capsize, and give your kayak tremendous flotation. Alas, there really is no good sea sock made for sea kayaks anywhere. That will be ending soon, thanks to Seawolf paddler and textiles master Liz Hawkes.
For all you purists out there, look away. But for those who want a paddling experience that doesn’t involve lots of fancy boat-handling or rough water, there is a solution to the incessant water drips in your lap. Drip Rings.
One of our students from Canada, Alex Schiebel sent me some images of her Seawolf Stellar Sea Kayak, painted by a friend of hers, a NW Coast native artist named Beau! The painting is of a supernatural serpent vessel who carried a young boy around the world 4 times after he was resurrected from near-death. […]