Building Classes


When asked about their kayak, not many people can say, “I built it.”
If you ever wanted to be a member of that small group this class is for you.



Using the Fuselage Frame method you can build a durable and very lightweight (32-35 lbs.) kayak. You don’t have to be a woodworker. If you can tie a knot, use a paint brush and spend the day on your feet you can build one of my boats.

We will start with one of my pre-cut kits. I will teach you how to set up the frames and stringers that define the hulls shape. Using a method that is thousands of years old you will lash all the frames together with artificial sinew. We will use no epoxy, wood glue or screws to assemble the frame. The farme is held together using the traditional method of lashings.
So there is not confusion, the coaming is assembled with screws to keep the class on time.

Once the frame is finished we will sew a synthetic fabric ‘skin’ around the frame. With the skin sewn around your frame, you will paint the fabric to waterproof it. It will dry overnight and the next morning we finish up by installing the seat, backrest and boats will be ready for launching.

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Oh yes, they are tough

Contrary to their delicate looks, Skin on Frame boats are very tough and durable. I have run mine upon many rocks, across submerged logs, stumps and tree limbs and I have yet to make more than a small mark on the hull.

This video shows you just how tough they really are. It takes a lot more than hitting a rock, stick or some other object in the water!




Marine Science Consortium, Wallops Island, VA * October 10-17, 2016.
This may be the last year for this class in Wallops Island!

2017 Alabama – PENDING

We are working on two possible locations in Alabama to hold classes. Guntersville AL and a location in central Alabama. We will be posting updates on our Facebook page as we work out the details. Please follow us for the latest news.


I am looking for new locations to hold classes but I need a large space for the class room. If you have such a space or can arrange one we will be glad to discuss it with you.  I prefer to partner with established organizations that have classroom space and that can help promote the class. If your organization or group is interested in holding a class contact me and we can discuss it.


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