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This project had its origins at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart in 2009. We were originally thinking of doing something like the Greenland Kayak but wanted something a little more special.
So, the idea was to build a Baidarka, all in Tasmania's beautiful Huon Pine. There was no particular emphasis on adhering to traditional design, just an exploration to see where it would lead us.
Completed deck frame.
Semi-finished frame with half the ribs in place.
Bifurcated bow - lower jaw from single grown knee in Huon - perfect!
Modified stern section - our "go-faster" version.
Cockpit coaming made from two slats, steamed and stitched.
Completed frame - almost.
Photogenic to a fault.
Finishing coats on frame with Whittle Wax Treatex hard wax oil.
Raido - a Journey, Transport, perhaps Arrival....
beta - Baidarka?? - Burgess??
Warning!!! Don't try this at home... :)
some fancy footwork on the foredeck....
Developing the process as we go.....on a wing and a prayer.
Urethane coating applied.
Urethane turned out more translucent than I expected...nice.
This was a challenge, to say the least.
Somewhere along the line I found time to build three paddles.
All packaged up ready to fly off to her new owner. Be good now, R-b, love you lots...........