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  1. If you are in or near the Albany/Schenectady/Troy NY area and are planning to build a kayak, I have a strongback, laminated beam form, laminated coaming form, scarfing block, and coaming drill jig that you are welcome to use. I also have three plywood coaming rings I cut out but chose not to use. You can have them if you like. Just let me know. - Ben
  2. Two thumbs up!
  3. Very nice! Tell us where the picture was taken.
  4. Thanks man! Or uh, rat. It's too squishy. The first reason is the liberal radii I routed on the inside edges. I don't regret doing that because I like the way it looks and feels. The second reason (that I really regret, but it was another rookie mistake) was my choice of wood, poplar. I decided to add some parachute cord to the inside of my seam. I'm almost happy with the way it turned out, but I think something a little stiffer would have resulted in the crisper look I was hoping for. Live and learn. Maybe I'll build another next winter.
  5. Slowly getting there. I'm 60% happy with my coaming, but I ain't changing it at this point. I may do some painting tonight.
  6. Being a designer myself, I understand the allure of making changes and "improvements", but with so many Kudzu designs surely you can find one that suits you. I did, bought the plans and am very satisfied. Everyone is motivated differently, though. Good luck with your project. - Ben
  7. I thought that was camera distortion. I should just keep my mouth shut. Oh well. I'm still learning.
  8. Once you start lashing the stringers will submit.
  9. I think it's fine. All four brackets would have to form a perfect arc to avoid what you are seeing, and they don't. I am not building the Curlew, but I guess it would apply to all the designs. - Ben
  10. Very nice! And that paint job is really cool! Are you up in the Adirondacks?
  11. Back when I was a Boy Scout, enjoying sassafras tea made from the root was always a simple pleasure around the camp fire. Does the wood smell anything like the root?
  12. Has anyone tried placing a cord or small diameter rope at the coaming stitch seam? Seems like it would tidy up the appearance, but maybe it's too hard to do.
  13. Beautiful work! And I like that you shared some detail pics too. I only just installed the foot braces on my Short Shot this week. I was torn between the 1" stringer or the 3/4" on which to mount to. I went with the 3/4 as you did. I think it was the best decision for foot positioning. Your coaming looks sweet too! I've been trying to finish mine up so I can start the covering. Soon I hope.
  14. You're getting close to winter there anyway. Enjoy your indoor project! My company has been doing business in Australia for about 5 years and I've been anxiously waiting for my turn to go. Maybe some day. I found a wholesale warehouse that was willing to sell me the plywood. They called it Russian Birch, but I believe it's the same as Baltic. -Ben
  15. The plywood part of the kayak build turned out for me to be a pleasant surprise. I actually struggled to trust it in the beginning, so I left a little more meat on the frames than the templates showed. By the end of the build though, I could tell it was a quality material. And I like the way it smells like Tinker-Toys! 😀