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by George Putz

The design of the kayak comes from the Eskimos of Southwestern Greenland, with dimension-sawn wood substituted for a frame of carved driftwood and bones, and canvas substituted for animal skins. The building techniques are simple but elegant, incorporating modern adhesives to reduce the number of screw fastenings and the degree of precision required, while still creating a strong, light boat. Ordinary shop tools and locally available woods will suffice. The two kayaks shown under construction in this book's many photos and drawings--a 17-footer and an 18-footer--were built from the same lines and offsets (included in the book). Putz shows how to scale the boat up or down to any size using a pocket calculator. He also shows how to cover the boat with fiberglass rather than canvas if desired.
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ISBN: 0877422583
ISBN13: 978-0877422587
Category: Sports
Subcategory: Water Sports
Author: George Putz
Language: English
Publisher: Intl Marine Pub (June 1990)
Pages: 133 pages
ePUB size: 1280 kb
FB2 size: 1905 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 122
Other Formats: mbr doc txt lit

Arabella V.
I purchased this book and a few others as some research reading before I build my own kayak. I found this books build method was a bit more cumbersome than needed. It has you build forms that attach to the floor of your shop, then you build around them and remove them after the build. It's a lot of plywood, and bracing to get the forms in the right place. It also assumes that your shop has a wood floor to nail to, I don't know how to successfully perform this build on a concrete floor. This could be simplified significantly with a strongback building technique. I found Christopher Cunningham's Building the Greenland Kayak : A Manual for Its Construction and Use much more informative. This book is well written, and informative, I just think there are better methods out there.
This is not traditional kayak building. It is modern, "Popular Mechanics" style kayak building, which means the boat will be fine for what it is, but overbuilt, too heavy, and basically nothing like the sleek racy craft that it could be. The design and construction is suited for the amateur builder who wants as little of a woodworking challenge as possible, which makes it perfect for a project to build with kids. A parent and child could have great fun building a boat such as this. So, keeping that in mind, it's just fine. For real kayak building in the traditional manner see Cunningham's "Building the West Greenland Kayak", or Morris's "Building Skin on Frame Boats".
Dead Samurai
If you are a beginner looking for a, relatively speaking, quick and easy way to build your first kayak, this book is for you. While these kayaks probably are not ones that will push the envelope, they will serve the recreational kayaker well. Also included with the book is the article of the kayak that inspired George's design and if you compare the design to others kayaks that are on the market you will see that their designs were inspired by it too (Klepper and the old Folbots, though heavily modified, resemble both George's Walrus as well as the original Walrus design). While I probably will not build this kayak as my first, I do plan on using many of the weight savings ideas that are evident in George's design. There is an excellent chapter that discusses the various issues with repairing problems after the kayak has seen some use. Other books tend to leave this info. out.
One area I was disappointed in is that I believe the author should have shown an alternative building method that utilized the actual plywood floor frames instead of using the stands, then going back and replacing the stands with plywood frames. The other point that I disagreed with was the author's attitude toward plastic kayaks, there is enough room on the water for kayaks of all kinds. The author's writing style was different, very much down to earth although opinionated in some respects, but does not detract from the book at all, IMHO.
I have to admit it - I did not build this kayak. In fact, I have never built a kayak, and most likely I never will build a kayak. I already have a kayak which I like a lot, and if I wanted another one I would probably go store bought. But still...

People like to make things, and when I can not make real things I do it vicariously, which makes this book a particularly good match for me. I almost felt like I was in the shop, smelling wood chips and epoxy as I read it. The author is always entertaining, almost always clear as a bell, and reasonably well organized. There are a few places where I might have put the picture a page earlier, or even used a line drawing, but once you understand his style, you know that if you just keep reading the mystery will be solved straightaway. He explains the technique so thoroughly that the reader has no doubt that this is a job they could do, and do well. One must only begin.
If you are building a nontraditional kayak this would be a last choice for construction techniques. Fuselage or "Yost" style is much faster, easier and adaptable to most any style kayak, canoe or rowing craft.
Just fine
Good tips for building your own kayak at reasonable price and it explains how in simpler terms so you don't have to have grown up around shipwrights.
This is an excellent how to book which has stood the test of time and is relevant to any "back yard" kayak builder.

Text and pictures are well laid out and easy to compare. The author has a sense of humour which add to the reading enjoyment.