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You can build a kayak of green willow shoots, a blue tarp, some wire and Grip Clips in just four hours!
amount of willow used. You can use any flexible saplings or branches.
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 s...
Use galvinized wire about 1/16' and bend it into this shape:
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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...
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 ou...
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:/...
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.
Kayak is for flat water only. In fast water boat could collapses on you and pin you in. Always wear a life jacket.
If the tarp is pinched between rocks and the boat's frame, it can be punctured. Two tarps layered or a nylon-reinforced tarp is stronger. However, sin...
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Great little project for a dad and youngster. You could use larger zap straps instead of wire and also put some branch strips for a seat or bring a small piece of plywood so it's more stable to sit in. don't forget the duct/gorilla tape.
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