You can build a kayak of green willow shoots, a blue tarp, some wire and Grip Clips in just four hours!
Step 1: The amount of willow used to make the kayak.
amount of willow used. You can use any flexible saplings or branches.
Step 2: Some of the willow is twisted into ribs. Some into stringers.
Some of the willow is twisted into ribs. Some into stringers. The largest two ribs are 16" by 27".The stringers are overlapped 2' 3" (this makes the stringers stronger in the middle where they need it the most.
Step 3: You can tie the willow together but it is faster to use wire and a visegrip.
Use galvinized wire about 1/16' and bend it into this shape:
Step 4: And use a Vise Grip to twist them:
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Step 5: Ribs Joined to Stringers
Here you can see ribs joined to the side stringers. Note cords on the two mid-stringers making the bottom of the boat flat. If not flat, the boat tips over too easily.
Step 6: Completed frame.
Completed frame. Length is 11.5'. Stringers are about 15' long and overlap the two center ribs. The center ribs are 27" wide and 16" deep. The next out from the center ribs are 19" by 14". The smallest ribs are 13" circles. Spacing of the ribs is 17", 17", 24", 24", 17", 17".
Step 7: A blue tarp, 12' by 9', was used to cover the frame.
A blue tarp, 12' by 9', was used to cover the frame. The tarp was gathered along the top of the boat and fastened together with six Grip Clips: http://www.gripclips.com
Step 8: The boat turned out great! It handles well in the water,
The boat turned out great! It handles well in the water and is good looking. Total cost about $40; includes tarp, Grip Clips and binding materials.
Step 9: Only 22 lbs!!
Kayak is for flat water only. In fast water boat could collapses on you and pin you in. Always wear a life jacket.