Build a Greenland Kayak
10 weeks, 1 day per week, 8 AM- 6 PM each day
Instructor: Bill Silvis
Ages 16 & Up
Build a skin-on-frame kayak!
The native people of the arctic have been making small, fast, single-person boats for thousands of years. They took advantage of simple tools, found materials, and animal skins to build reliable water craft ideally suited for hunting the game that was vital to their survival – seals in the eastern arctic of Greenland and sea otters in the western Alaskan arctic. We’ll build a version of this type of boat, a West Greenland Qajaq, which is the model behind many of the recreational sea kayaks in use today. We’ll put it together using the same parts and techniques, and using the same design that can be seen in museum specimens that are hundreds of years old (although nylon fabric will replace the animal skin!).
Construction uses simple hand tools for the most part and a variety of other hand construction skills, like steam bending and sewing, which don’t require a high woodworking skill level, but rather challenge the versatility of the builder. After a concentrated week you’ll have a sleek kayak proportioned to your specific dimensions and a new access to the enjoyment of Michigan’s waters.This is a hand tool intensive class. There will likely be additional hours needed during this class, expect to work late some days.
If you have any questions, please contact Wood Shop Director Luke Barnett at (517) 902-8383 or email@example.com
Class Size: Minimum 4 Students, Maximum 6