THE SKIN-ON-FRAME KAYAK:
BRIEF HISTORY & CONSTRUCTION

It’s now 4,000 years after the creation of the oldest kayak artifact, and we humans are still enthralled by the technology of the skin-on-frame kayak. The earliest kayaks were built from driftwood found on the beach and covered in the skins of marine mammals. The appeal of these skeletal kayaks shows in the endurance and resurgence of skin-on-frame kayak craftsmanship in the sea kayaking world today.

Below is a collection of information about skin-on-frame kayaks—in history and in modern times. Enjoy and email comments to kiliii@seawolfkayak.com.

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