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Harvey Golden

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    Astoria & Portland, Oregon
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    Working boats, Indigenous watercraft, U. S. Maritime Commission Ships. Scholarly interest in kayaks from the Arctic hunting tradition.

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  1. 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
  2. Dear Wefalck, I hadn't thought to post it in the general forum section-- am new here and still finding my way around. Thank you for the comments. I've long known about your web-page featuring photographs of the outrigger canoes in Berlin, so it is good to meet you. I have built perhaps 15 other Pacific Island canoes, mostly from Haddon & Hornell, but also from other sources (Neyret, Gladwin, Doran, Cook, Dodd, etc.) I'll have a look at your models-- thank you! I'm happy to meet another interested in these craft.
  3. Thank you! The photo was taken on the river here. I can't build a model without floating it at least once.
  4. Modeled at 1/2"=1', this is a 9.5m Lalong from Madang, Papua New Guinea. Sources for this model were Mary Mennis' two outstanding documentations of the reconstruction of the first Lalong built at Madang in over a generation: "The First Lalong Canoe Built for 40 Years, Bilbil Village, Madang Province" (1980), and "Mariners of Madang and Austronesian Canoes of Astrolabe Bay" (2011). The upper lee platform is the 'captain's quarters,' while the weather side was the crew's. The lower slatted platform was used for carrying cargo-- typically clay pots, which were traded along the coast. At the top
  5. I've no knowledge at all about this particular subject, but I have recently been reading in the Hakluyt Society's publication of William ("of Gravesend, a Gunner" [c. 1535-1582]) Bourne's "A Regiment for the Sea" (1963/Kraus Reprint 1990). There is a bibliography of Bourne's other writings, and a couple are titles suggesting some content of ship and/or shore artillery. They are manuscripts from the late 1500s, perhaps not re-published. (The "Regiment" itself concerns navigation entirely, but the re-print has a fine introduction and biography of Bourne). Best, Harvey
  6. Thank you. Yes, it's real deerskin-- parchment rawhide.
  7. Thank you. Typically would have been black spruce, but also any suitable woods that may drift up onto local beaches.
  8. 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 pl
  9. That's the hat the paddler would have worn. Beautifully done.
  10. 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.
  11. Well said. We (as English speakers. . . and no doubt other tongues are guilty of this as well) tend to look for our own familiar and comfortable terms to describe things that are actually quite different or entirely misunderstood by ourselves. I think this is a natural way of processing the new and unknown, but it is liable to folly and overlooking nuance. Perhaps the ideal-- not always attainable-- is to learn the native/local term, to derive an accurate translation of the term, and to understand it's use and function. Beyond this, we are really just throwing words around, no?
  12. Scratch built at 3/8"=1' from lines in "Sailing Alone Around the World" with details from same and later interpretations. Interior mostly my imagination. While not R/C (nor even really made for water), it sails very nicely in light wind, and is great company for summer swims.
  13. Interesting topic-- one that hits home. I took mechanical drafting and architectural drafting in high school (2 years of each; 1984-1988) right before they got CAD. I enjoyed it plenty, and found it challenging. ...Then went on to study art and English at college. In 1998, I found myself documenting small watercraft and the skills from high school all came back . . . or rather were 'necessary,' as it took awhile for the skills to actually return. CAD is a wondrous tool (never used it myself) with so many more aspects attached (calculations, rotations, etc.), but to strike a line by hand on
  14. Sorry for the late reply-- I only just found how to view and reply to comments. These boats are/were built by Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. Sucher's book gives a brief but clear history of these forms-- origin and later developments. And yes, the term Sampan is applied loosely considering later developments of these types. Thank you! Harvey
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