| Double Baidarka
The original resides in one of the Smithsonian's warehouses in
Maryland and was recently surveyed by Harvey Golden and still
appears to be in good condition. It was fitted with a sail and a
rudder which I duplicated. It is a very nice looking boat and
will carry a prodigious load. It paddles best when heavily
The gunnels are clear pine. The deck beams and the stern piece
are carved from
fir 2x4's and fir
The basic plan can be seen with a cardboard pattern for the
lower bow piece. Look
carefully in the lower right and one can see photos that Harvey
Golden took when he surveyed
the original where it is in storage at one of the Smithsonian
Institute's storage facilities
The cardboard pattern is seen on the glued up 2x6's that form
the lower bow piece.
My beginning stock of willow sticks for the ribs. I had to make
one more trip to the river
to get enough to finish the hull. Collecting willows in the dead
of winter is my favorite
part of building a baidarka. I find that if I put the willows in
water they stay workable
The two bow pieces are lashed in place. The keelson will now be scarfed
fit to the bow piece and faired to the correct shaped.
I install the ribs with the thick end all on the same side when
I fit them. After
all the ribs
are installed, I rotate every other one to even the hull out. It
like it will never fair out
but once the stringers are installed, the ribs all go to
rightful place and the hull
fairs out true and even.
The lashing of the bow piece and the first scarf joint in the
keelson can be
The red spots are a little of me imbedded in the bow piece. If I
myself, I like to leave
The detail of a keelson scarf joint can be seen here. Note the
keelson down to the targeted "depth to shear" while ribs are
installed. If the keelson is not stabilized, the hull will grow as the ribs are
I like to clamp the stringers in place as I lash them to the
ribs to hold them in position.
The stern detail before the stringers are lashed to the ribs.
Another view as the stringers are lashed in place.
A view inside the finished hull.
The finished hull in the January snow, ready for covering.
Another view of the finished frame. They are almost too pretty
This is the cockpit detail.
This is a detail of the mast step and deck aperture. The
original had been
fitted with a sail and a rudder which I duplicated.
This a detail of the covering at the stern. I have not been able
to get a good,
in this area without taking in a tuck, which can be seen in the
of the image.
I have been able to get very good, tight and shapely covers on
the single overhand stitch shown above. The raw covers can be
pulled very tight using
this stitch. Dousing the cover with hot or warm water
after it is sewn on
shrinks it considerably.
A detail of the cockpit construction is shown above.
My neighbor kids tried it out in my back yard before the launch.
They found it stable and
I built the kayak for my son and his wife shown above. It is a
rather big boat
much better when it is loaded. It will probably carry a half ton
This is a picture of a friend and I having a go of it on one of
our city lakes. This is a
very nice kayak and worth the effort to build. I'm thinking
about making another one
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