“Before this project, I couldn’t even hang a picture; now I can say I’ve built a boat!” said Glen Cooper, a local photographer who lives on West Bare Hill Road, at the end of last week’s kayak-building workshop.
Folks, our friend and bamboo supplier at NW Bamboo in Portland, Oregon, has put together a terrific deal on bamboo ply in kit form for skin-on-frame sea kayaks. This kit is milled to the Seawolf Kayak spec, and provides enough material for ribs and a coaming for a single 17″ boat, including enough to break a lot of ribs and to give you two tries at each bending on the coaming. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503.695.3283.
Just returned from a lovely kayak-building course in eastern WA state. Chewelah, to be more precise. It was, as you can imagine, gorgeous, but on top of that it was sunny and we worked with the doors open to the outside world most of the week. A lovely time, and six brand new boats made by some very skillful builders. Here are a couple of photos.
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The snow’s been piling up the last few days and I’ve been feeling a bit antsy as all the neighborhood kids are sledding away down the hills. So what’s a man to do but go kayaking with some friends? Went around Seward Park in the evening, the sky glow felt gorgeous and it was a beautiful. And yes, I’ve been hitting up the Instagram look for some fun. Photos after the jump.
The painting is of a supernatural serpent vessel who carried a young boy around the world 4 times after he was resurrected from near-death.
Alex says the boat was exhibited at a show and then paddled in a race, which is exactly what I think of our kayaks– beautiful works of art that are for real serious paddling. Another picture if you read on.
Folks, I am thinking about putting on a workshop where we all build a new true hide kayak skin-on-frame. Just wanted to inquire about people’s interest.
1. The whole class would build one kayak.
2. The class would take about 5-8 days.
3. I would allow (but not prefer) drop-ins.
4. It would cost about $250-300 for five participants.
Not sure about scheduling yet, or where we’d do it, but if you’re interested, let me know!
Apparently orca whales simply cannot resist singing. This summer I took some friends out to paddle the West Coast of San Juan Island and we encountered JPod, and their two new calves could not stop coming over to investigate our singing and our skinboats…
One of my favorite things about having Seawolf in Portland was the monthly wild foods potluck. Each time folks bring a dish that contains at least one vital ingredient– something either wildcrafted, homegrown, or otherwise gotten from a non-commercial source.
It was wildly popular and we ended up with dishes from sauteed fiddlehead greens (left) to… wait for it…. mountain lion chocolate molé. More than that it was always a great way to meet and hang out with other great people who like to get out and get their hands dirty while playing outside.
To start a new tradition of it in Seattle, I’ve started a Wild Foods Meetup Group. To join just go visit the Meetup page and then you’l be informed of when and where the wild foods potluck happens, but possibly even cooler there are regular outings to go and get delicious forage with others. Two proposed ventures are an oyster harvest and fry, as well as going to pick stinging nettles. Come tromp around with us! Also, if you’re thinking about a Seawolf expedition, it will give you a taste of the adventures to be had out in the wilderness open to kayak-campers.
Thanks to Dick and Andrew over at Dash Point Pirate for this interview.
Seawolf has officially landed in Seattle! Yesterday I took out a few friends on Lake Union, an urban yet completely satisfying paddling destination. We had glassy waters, a sunset and were treated to an exquisite view of the Seattle skyline from the water.
If you’d like to see some photos from our little jaunt, just minutes away from downtown, continue reading!