Sunday, October 15, 2017

Finally home!

Coming from  30 degrees plus to temperatures around 0 came as a shock. Sleepiness and getting back into home world has been keywords from the week. I did get a few nice days on the water in sun and rain. Here is some glimpses:

and a short super fast edit video from Friday:

Sunday, October 8, 2017

All good things come to an end

Birdcage... site of qajaq and ixyaq build at the Delmarwa paddler's retreat

Just a brief update from the US. I'm pretty tired at the moment. It has been a super good and inspiring week with so many good people around. The kayaks came out beautifully. We coated them, made sea socks and finally we got to test them on the water.

Delmarwa paddler's retreat has been ongoing alongside out building project with lots of great things happening. I will post some grest pictures soon.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Qajaq and ixyaq build Delmarwa part II

We finished all the wood during Friday. John Huber came up from Norfolk Virginia to help out with the class. 3 pairs of hands is luxury when lots of thing needs to be taken care of.

 The bird cage is the kayak building site here at Delmarwa. We set up workbenches, sawhorses, tools and all, and during Friday afternoon most of the kayak builders showed up.

One thing we hadn't figured out was the masik question. It was solved by finding crocked trunks and branches in the woods and cutting them into finished masiks. It's so cool to have people like John around! 

Now by the end of day 2 it begins to look an awfully lot like qajaqs and ixyaqs in the birdcage. We'll try to post some pictures when we have time. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Kayak build at Delmarwa paddlers retreat

I was pretty anxious about travelling to the US this time.. My American friend Miguel suggested that I should shave off my beard to get through customs. And what about my Russian books that I was planning to carry in my luggage.... Would they make me look suspicious? Should I leave them behind?

I didn't shave and I brought my Russian books... and I got into the US without any difficulties - of course!

I was met by Chris at Newark airport - one of the finest Americans you can imagine.

We drowe down to Delaware yesterday and set up a workshop in Chris' driveway this morning. It looked like early Christmas at some point with yellow spruce sawdust carried by the wind all over the neighborhood :( Only that the temperature was around 30 degrees celcius!

I was kind of nervous about the foreign materials, but a day of handling, cutting and planing convinced me that this will make great kayaks for sure!

More cutting to be done tomorrow..... And then we'll probably meet most of the class at camp arrowhead by tomorrow evening.

4 huge sacks of sawdust and wood shavings, a bunch of materians and two tired men having a beer...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Paddle building class in Struer, Denmark

Just a short notice:
who took part in the paddle making class in Struer, Denmark this weekend :)

It was a great experience. Everyone did outstanding work and managed to have a great time doing so! For me it was a thrill to work in the old factory buildings of Struer kajak. The place where legendary veneer racing kayaks has been build for generations. A great honor, actually :)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Going to Greenland

...Not me unfortunately

My friend Jon David and I built a kayak this winter. It should be suitable both for rolling and racing. We made a nearly 6 meter long and 42 cm. wide low volume Greenland style kayak covered with cotton canvas.

Now Jon David is on his way to the Greenlandic championship in Aasiaat, Greenland and wanted to take the kayak with him. We met this morning and started cutting up the kayak.

First all the stitching went. It was incredibly easy to remove all the threads. and soon we could pull off the whole skin and roll it together. The plan is to sew it on the kayak frame again, once in Greenland.

Now the frame... We cut all the lashings, and took all doweled joints apart. Luckily, no glue was used while building the kayak, so This was also an easy task.

Finally, we had to cut the length of gunwales, keelson and stringers. This was done by drilling 2 holes in the wood for precise joinery later and simply make some long cuts/scarf joints with a fine toothed saw.

It all fitted nicely in a ski bag, which won't give any trouble or extra costs when boarding the plane to Greenland.

Jon David has plenty of time to assemble the frame when he gets to Greenland. And probably plenty of time to paddle it as well. We cheer on Jon David in the competition!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May expedition

It has been quite a bit of paddling in May - at last! Weather's been fair and even the rainy days are GREAT for paddling the local waters. Today my 12 year old daughter suggested a paddle trip to the medieval church on the shores of lake Fiskum. It's a 5 km. paddle from our home, so we loaded the double baidarka and ventured out.

At first, it was quite windy. The first 2 kilometers are on the river. I wish the smell of the bird cherry flowers could be expressed in this photo. It doesn't, but it really adds to the feeling of early summer. I enjoy this a lot.

Sissel is the expedition photographer and front hatch paddler. She did great doing  both jobs.

I'm the rear paddler AND captain of the ship. So I think, at least...

We're getting closer to the church. It's not always easy to find the mouth of the little river that takes us closer to the church.

This church was build around year 1250. Same time as the characteristic Norwegian stave churches. It lies all by it self close to the water.

These are very hard to read...

And very beautiful...


I'm very impressed with the performance of this two-hatch baidarka. I built it quite a few years ago and haven't used it a lot. It's 6,5 m. long and 65 cm. wide. It's pretty hard to paddle alone in wind, but today with Sissel's help we easily paddled a 10 km. distance at an average speed of 6 km/hour. That's good speed for such a great wet surface... in a strong breeze. On the way home, we got a little help from wind, current and waves and managed 11 km/hour.

We haven't seen beavers for a while, but today we learned that they have found a new home :)