Kayak Building Workshops!

For kayak building workshops please check with:

kiliii@seawolfkayak.com / 503.877.2SEA

To Register Call or Email Kiliii directly

Class Location: Northeastern Washington State

Woodworker Network

1060 Old Hwy 12 Mi.

Addy, WA 99101

USA

www.woodworkernetwork.com

509-684-1008 ph

sales@woodworker.net

Maximum Class Size: 8 People

Deposit Policy: $800 deposit due to reserve – final $800 due upon arrival at class.

Boats Offered in this class:  Stellar 17' Sea Kayak

                                                  Inlander 12' River & Lake Kayak

8-Day Class – Once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Learn complex boat-building and wood working techniques.

Traditional construction – modern, ultrliaght performance

Expert Instructor Kiliii Yu of Seawolf Kayaks

You WILL go home with a fully functional self-made kayak!

No previous woodworking or kayaking experience necessary.

Traditional Wood Frame Kayak Building! 

 

This is one of those classes that we can truly call “Once in a lifetime” – we’ve brought in the experts, Seawolf Kayak, Kiliii Fish, from the Seattle, Washington to teach the ancient art of building traditional wood frame kayaks. Building a skin-on-frame kayak means more than you first imagine. When you bring a boat to life in the traditional fashion, you create stories just as the first kayakers did and still do. You learn complex building techniques, but also how to understand wood, lashings and hand tools. In class we talk about kayak history, native history and paddling adventures.

Advanced woodworking: Over eight days we cut and bend wood using mostly hand tools. We use steam to bend amazing curves into wood, even the elliptical kayak coamings (cockpit rings). We learn to sight and see the hull shape as it forms. We lash the pieces together without any metal, and then sew the skins on in the traditional Greenlandic style.

Traditional paddles: In our workshops, every builder carves out their own Greenland-type paddle. Other types are also available upon request, including a design from Norton Sound, AK, and Aleut paddle types..

About Seawolf’s design and building methods: There’s a lot to be said for understanding the design of small boats. Designing a kayak is much more complex than just the initial sketch phase, though– much like drawing up the blueprints to an airplane, you can’t be certain that it’ll perform the way you might imagine on paper. Why? Because in the real world, water is complex, and paddlers adapt to the water in complex ways. The only way to take a decent boat design out of the realm of average into exceptional is to build and test, and build and test. Skin-on-frame kayak designers have an enormous advantage, because our boats are fast and easy to prototype, allowing us to make a dozen iterations in a year. In fact, finding the time and conditions to test properly each prototype is usually the limiting factor! Seawolf has successfully helped build hundreds of kayaks.

Dates Offered: April 5-12, 2014 (8 days, Sat –Sat)

Location: Woodworker Network

1060 Old Hwy 12 Mi.

Addy, WA 99101

USA

www.woodworkernetwork.com

509-684-1008 ph

sales@woodworker.net

Maximum Class Size: 8 People

Deposit Policy: $800 deposit due to reserve – final $800 due upon arrival at class.

This class embodies what we are trying to promote with Bridges to the Past.  Arctic watercraft represent the pinnacle of the evolution of ancestral technology in the far north.  Class participants will have the opportunity to learn about Arctic culture as well as the watercraft they are constructing.  In this class we will use the same construction techniques and many of the same materials and tools to construct kayaks that will give the builder a deep connection to those who came before, and in paddling these boats they will be able to experience an intimacy with the water and their environment.  The kayak building class itself brings many different people together for 8 days of cooperation and learning.  This is a perfect fit with our mission statement of, "Bringing people together through ancestral, cultural and environmental awareness."

 

 

We will be offering occasional classes in Skin-On-Frame Kayak building!  Beautiful, strong, light, stable, translucent, and completely seaworthy, built after the manner of traditional Arctic kayaks but given a modern twist or two.  For those on our email list, we will let you know about them as they are scheduled via email.  To join our list send a request to: patrickf@bridgestothepast.org

 
Here is the brief rundown:
For the cost of the workshop students are guided through the construction of a kayak offered and a paddle in 8 days.  It's as simple as that.  Cost will vary, but will be about $1500 for the basic boat and paddle.  Extras cost a little more but make a big difference.  Extras include: back bands, adjustable foot pegs, spray skirts, PFD & float bags.
 
Click here for an introduction to our instructors
 
 
There are several models of kayaks to choose from:
 
The Inlander (click the picture for more info & pics!)
 
12 feet, 6 inches long, 23.5 inches wide, and only 24 lbs!  Designed by Patrick, this little craft is not the slow, squirrely kayak one would expect for one this size.  It tracks and paddles much like a comperable boat of several feet longer, yet will turn quickly and tightly when needed.  Stable, fun & playful, but still has room for a week's worth of camping gear.  Perfect for the smaller inland waters for which it was designed, yet strong enough for ocean use as well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Stellar
 
At 16.5 feet long and 24 inches wide this boat is a serious expedition sea kayak!  Designed by Kiliii Yu of Seawolf Kayak, built in our workshops by permission.  This boat is sleek, graceful, strong and very fast!!  It will hold enough gear for longer expeditions, but is still a great day-tripper and is easy to handle at around 30lbs. The Stellar is stable in rough water and has been extensively tested on the Northwest Coast of the U.S.  If your normal conditions are open, big water this is the boat for you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 Class Schedule                            Spaces Available
 

 
 
 

How to sign up for a workshop with Patrick:
Send me an email and let me know your contact info, which class dates you want, and which boat you wish to build.  Then send a deposit of $800 to hold your spot for sure.  I will also need your height, weight and inseam.  There are some options and gear for these boats, but we can figure out all the particulars along the way. 
 
The fine print: $150.00 of your deposit is non-refundable up to 60 days before the workshop, but should you change your mind, or something comes up, we can refund the rest.  If you wish to slide to an available slot in another workshop within the year, then we can do that without penalty.  Within 60 days of the workshop your deposit is just non-refundable - we have to purchase materials - but you do have to option of finding someone to take your place.  We will also do our best to fill your slot, and if we succeed then we are happy to refund the bulk of your deposit.  And don't worry, if something happens on our end that requires a refund (ie. class cancelled) we are happy to refund your deposit in full.
 
Contact Info:
Bridges to the Past, PO Box 14, Valley, WA 99181

Other Boats:
Patrick is planning on offering a traditional Greenland Hunting Kayak for students to build.  These are near and dear to his heart, and it just so happens that the first kayak he build was a traditional Greenland boat (that he still has and is in great condition) that he built with Brian Schulz of Cape Falcon Kayak.  Although models are being contemplated, Patrick is leaning strongly toward the Type V West Greenland kayak from the Fram Museum in Oslo, #176.  Pictures to Follow!