Arenal Kayaks Boatshop

Boat construction is considered by many to be the ultimate test of carpentry skills. Also a test of patience as many hours of work sometimes spanning years are required to construct a seaworthy craft.

Lofting the Great Auk

Lofting went surprising well. Nick Schade's process is very straightforward and once into it the offsets make a lot of sense. After being drawn out on paper, I glued them to the form material by painting thinned white glue on the paper.

The form material suggested is plywood but that can be somewhat expensive here. Since I had a bunch of laurel tablia cutoffs I decided to glue up some panels from it. Laurel is a soft wood so it was easy to cut with a handheld scroll saw. The joints are beveled so it doesn't end up with a flat surface but I think it'll hold staples. Makes gluing the paper on a little tougher.