Wooden Kayak Building
One of the most popular materials to use in building boats, including kayaks, is wood. Wooden kayak building is popular mainly because wood is readily available and easy to work with. The variety of types of wooden kayak building also means that people have a lot of choice in the kind of wooden kayak they build. Two of the most common types of wooden kayak building are stitch and glue and strip building. Stitch and glue building uses pieces of plywood, wire, and glue to make a kayak. The plywood pieces are cut out, stitched together using the wiring, then glued. Once the glue has set, the wire is removed and the kayak can be painted. Strip built kayaks are made of long strips of wood fitted together. They are glued together in a way similar to the pieces in a stitch and glue kayak; because they are strips, they do not need to be held together while the glue dries. This method takes longer than other methods of building wooden kayaks, but produces beautiful boats that are lightweight and durable. There is also room for creativity in the design and appearance of the boat. You can make a strip built kayak of a length to suit you, as well as use different color woods to create a patterned kayak. Wood is also used as a frame in other types of kayak building, such as the skin on frame method. Wooden kayak building produces lightweight, beautiful boats that the builder will get much enjoyment, and maybe some compliments, out of.
Skin on Frame Kayak Building
The materials for skin on frame kayak building are easy to find.
Stitch and Glue Kayak Building
Stitch and glue kayak building uses pieces of plywood stitched, then glued, together.