Paulownia for kayak building

(/pɔːˈloʊniə/ paw-LOH-nee-ə) Paulowniaceae, the order Lamiales. This is from Wikipedia. All we know is that it’s light and might be nice for building a kayak. Not easy to get hold of in […]

Lowering the Isserfik

I was not happy with my last build’s rear coaming height and felt I needed to do something about it. After careful consideration (not!) I just cut the rear […]

Building another kayak

This time, it’s an East Greenland design. Long, low, narrow. Good for calm waters, easy cruising and weight shift turning. Just what you need, right? It’s about 48cm wide, […]

stockholm town hall lucia paddling


For those of you not from Scandinavia, here are the lightbearer festivities from a kayaker’s point of view, just outside the Stockholm’s Stadshus during the Nobel Prize Week (Stockholm […]

Cargo pants

Recently I bought two pairs of hiking/outdoors pants and was surprised at how quickly one pair wore down. It took me a few days in the workshop to make […]

Laminated paddle

This time it’s a laminated aspen and fir paddle. I know aspen wood can be brittle but it’s knot free, doesn’t take on much moisture and easy to work […]