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Description - Building the Greenland Kayak by Christopher Cunningham

This volume offers complete plans and instructions for building a lashed-frame, fabric-covered Greenland kayak. The building method is derived from traditional Inuit methods but incorporates a number of techniques designed to ensure that a novice builder can produce a strong, properly shaped hull. Few kayaks can match the Greenland kayak for simplicity, elegance and performance. Its low profile keeps windage to a minimum, and its narrow beam makes it fast and well behaved in rough waters. The hard chines carve through turns at the tip of the paddler's hips. The kayak design set forth in this book is scalable to fit the builder, and there is also a low-volume version that is especially suited for Eskimo rolling. Building a Greenland kayak makes an excellent introduction to woodworking and boatbuilding and is an inexpensive way to get on the water in a high-performance kayak. Building it requires an investment of time so, as the author says: "the best kayak builder is one who believes the process of building a kayak is a goal in itself and not just a means to an end." The author first rebuilt a Greenland kayak in the early 1970s, and has built numerous Alaskan and Greenland kayaks since 1979. He taught Greenland kayak construction at the WoodenBoat school for three years, with a total of 21 students successfully building kayaks. Cunningham first wrote these instructions after finding that the only book devoted to the topic was inadequate for the do-it-yourselfer. He published the instructions in abbreviated form in 1993 - 4 in a two-part "Sea Kayaker" article that became the magazine's most requested reprint ever. This book also includes a chapter on building a child's kayak with outriggers for stability; chapters on equipment including paddles and rolling sticks; and a chapter on kayak paddling including strokes, braces and rolling techniques.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780071392372
ISBN-10: 0071392378
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 185mm x 13mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Contemporary
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Publish Date: 26-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Christopher Cunningham

Christopher Cunningham has been the editor of Sea Kayaker magazine since 1989 and has been building kayaks since 1979. He has taught Greenland kayak construction at the WoodenBoat School and has built scale models of traditional kayaks for the Alaska State Museum. His Greenland kayak construction and paddling skills have been documented in several videos, and he has lectured on and demonstrated those skills in North America and Europe.

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