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Deerskin-covered kayak model.  This kayak type was used by the Yup'ik of Norton Sound, Alaska.  Model is 18" long; full size would be in the 16-17' range.

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56 minutes ago, DelF said:

 How did you reproduce the skin covering?

I used scraps of parchment deer rawhide.  I soaked them until they were pliable and thick, and sewed three scraps end-to-end, and then made a "sock" with the front half, pulled it onto the frame, and then sewed up the back deck ridge (adding extra pieces as needed).  The bow aperture was then cut open and then stitched to form.  The skin is sewn to itself below the cockpit coaming rim.  Essentially the same general process as a full-size one would have been made, but they would have used double water-proof stitching, which is hard to do at this scale.  Once done, the drying skin tightens in place (and puts a tremendous strain on stitching and the frame itself). 

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Ahh, you are interested in kayaks too ! And canoes ?

 

A few years ago I happened to work in one of the French institutes for Arctic studies and as a kind of bonus lesson we could give on a pet subject, I gave one on kayak typology and construction.

 

Where did you get the drawings from, form Adney & Chapelle (1964) ? I have quite a collection of books on indigeneous kayaks. However, as I am working in small scales, kayaks are not so interesting and practical subjects.

 

Talking about Adney, a bark canoe, perhaps a 'voyageur' one, is also on my list.

 

Eberhard

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1 hour ago, wefalck said:

Ahh, you are interested in kayaks too ! And canoes ?

 

A few years ago I happened to work in one of the French institutes for Arctic studies and as a kind of bonus lesson we could give on a pet subject, I gave one on kayak typology and construction.

 

Where did you get the drawings from, form Adney & Chapelle (1964) ? I have quite a collection of books on indigeneous kayaks. However, as I am working in small scales, kayaks are not so interesting and practical subjects.

 

Talking about Adney, a bark canoe, perhaps a 'voyageur' one, is also on my list.

 

Eberhard

Dear Eberhard,  Yes, kayaks are an interest of mine.  I saw the skin boat bibliography you had posted, and I am one of your authors on the list (I've since come out with another title on Alaskan kayaks).  I build very few models of kayaks because I typically build them full-size instead: http://www.traditionalkayaks.com/Kayakreplicas/KayakReplicas.html .  I have built replicas from Chapelle's drawings as well as others, but have mostly built from my own drawings and research in museums and private collections.  Thank you and all the best,  Harvey

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