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Building the Loon-ST



Here is the first part of the building of a Strip-Built kayak

All of the wood in our boats is 1/4 inch thick strips.  These are glued and stapled to a form which determines the finished shape of the boat.  These will later be planed and sanded smooth, and covered inside and out with a layer of fiberglass cloth and marine epoxy.  The following images illustrate the first stages of the process.   Click on the thumbnails for a larger image.

lstrip1.JPG (17590 bytes)  Here is the hull taking shape.  Most of the wood is dark red cedar.  lstrip2.JPG (23256 bytes)

The deck stripping is more complex and uses a wider variety of wood.  lstrip3.JPG (34293 bytes)  Some of the first strips establish the decorative pattern.  You cannot have too many clamps!  The stern portion of the deck is nearing completion.  lstrip4.JPG (27533 bytes)  We call this our "Arrow" stripping pattern.  lstrip5.JPG (19100 bytes)  Here is a view from the bow.  lstrip6.JPG (24173 bytes)  A view of the finished deck from the stern.  lstrip7.JPG (25454 bytes)  The same view with the deck removed, showing the inside of the hull.  lstrip8.JPG (25193 bytes)   Here is a close-up of the interior of the hull.  The light wide strip in the center is a 1/2 inch thick ash keel strip which we use in our boats.  Note: at this point the hull interior has not been smoothed and fiberglassed.  lstrip9.JPG (20198 bytes)  Another view of the hull from another angle which exaggerates the length of the bow.  lstrip10.JPG (15444 bytes)  Here is the deck being fiberglassed, a view from the bow.  lstrip11.JPG (28649 bytes)  And from the stern.    lstrip12.JPG (30236 bytes)This shows the cockpit coaming area.  The dark strips are dark red cedar.  The medium colored strips are light red cedar.  The lightest strips are basswood.  The narrow dark decorative strips are black walnut.   The vertical part of the coaming is sapele veneer.

lstrip13.JPG (22258 bytes)  Here is another view showing the different woods used.

We will be showing more of the process in a few weeks.  Check back.


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Last modified: September 08, 1999