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Skin-on-Frame microBootlegger Sport - Assembling the Coaming


Hi, I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. This is part 3 of my quick Skin on Frame microBootlegger Sport kayak build. Today, I'm assembling the coaming.

Skin-on-Frame microBootlegger Sport - Cutting Frames and Stringers


Hi, I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. I'm continuing with part 2 of my Skin on Frame microBootlegger Sport Build. Today, I'm cutting parts.

Skin-on-Frame microBootlegger Sport - Intro and CAD Work


Hi, I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks.

Refinishing Neglected Kayaks


I'd neglected my personal stitch and glue Petrels a long time and the varnish had pretty much burned through.

If I had taken better care of them I could have just given them a light sanding, applied a coat or two of new varnish and been on my way.

But this stuff is dead. It needs to come off. Where its powdery the varnish is already gone and the epoxy is exposed.

Making Petrel Play: Stripping the Bottom - Episode 5

Episode 5 Transcript

Stripping the Bottom

Hi, I’m Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to episode five of my series on building the strip-built kayak the Petrel Play.  In the last episode we stripped up the side of the kayak, in this episode we will strip across the bottom.

I hope you enjoy.

Setting up Forms on an Internal Strongback

This video is nearly real-time. I cut a few bits where I walked off camera and when I was setting up the camera. It shows how quickly and accurately the internal strongback can be assembled.

Paddling My First Kayak

Paddling the Original Great Auk

During my vacation a few weeks ago I took some time to get my first kayak out of the basement storage at my parents place in Maine and took it for a paddle. It was interesting to see that some of the things I still do, appeared on my first efforts.

Time Lapse Video of Building the Stitch and Glue Petrel Class

Over the course of five and a half days this class converts a pile of okoume plywood parts into beautiful kayaks.

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