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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ragged Mountain Press (1 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007057989X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070579897
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Nick Schade has managed to raise the craft of strip building to the art of graphic design in wood" Sea Kayaker

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A comprehensive how-to for building a beautiful wooden kayak
Strip-building is the craft of converting a small pile of thin wood strips into a boat of exquisite beauty. The art of strip-building is assembling those strips into a striking example of a fully functioning, rugged water craft. The strip-built method permits a unique degree of design freedom, both in the hydrodynamic shape of the boat and the graphic arrangement of the wood.

There are several reasons to build a kayak. Maybe you are a wood worker who wants to try a project completely different from furniture, or possibly you are an experienced kayaker who wants a unique, high performance boat, or it could be you are a novice woodworker and kayaker, but you want to gain experience in both. Whatever your reason, you will find building a sea kayak to be unlike anything you have done before. If you are used to building chairs, think of a chair in which you can cross an ocean. If you are used to roto-molded plastic or fiberglass kayaks, imagine gleaming varnish and wood cutting through the water ahead of you in a rugged boat that is lighter than most boats you have previously paddled. If you are a rank-beginner, you can enjoy the satisfaction of creating your own introduction to kayaking.

My book starts with background information about how design affects performance, choosing materials, and selecting tools. Then it comprehensively covers building a boat from setting up shop, through creating forms, working the wood, fiberglassing and varnishing. Instructions for fitting out the finished kayak, making a wooden paddle complete the project. Along the way you will learn how to raise the boat above a simple way to get on the water to a stunning work of art.

Over 200 illustrations showing every step of the building processes make it feel like you are watching over my shoulder as I build a boat. I hope you can virtually build a boat by looking at just the drawings and photographs. The text is comprehensive enough that you should be able to build the boat without looking at the figures. The combination of the two will make the project very clear.

I came to design and build my own kayaks because I wanted the best performing boats available and decided I could make something better than I could buy. With the help of my book, so can you.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book leads to safe boats. Mr. Roberts goes through the author's bbs, all the amazon's, and various other websites discrediting Nick Shade's and other boat builder's designs and books. The problem with this man is that he is negative and does not know what he is talking about. This book is centered around 3 previously proven designs, like all of the guillemot-kayaks.com designs. That is your guarantee of safety and reliability. Please do not listen to the previous reviewer when making your book selection, Nick's work is entertaining and the product is delightful to use for years to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 1998
Format: Paperback
I just got Nick's book last night. I only had time to skim it, but here's my first impression.
If you're looking for a book with step by step instruction from start to finish, buy Nick's book. I think anyone with reasonable shop skills could successfully complete a kayak with this book to guide him.
If you want a good discussion on design philosophies, and an overview of what goes into designing a kayak, without detailed mathmatical analysis, then this is for you. Nick doesn't try to be artificially eloquent and use excessive jargon to appear intelligent, and thereby make his book difficult to understand. Instead, he uses common words with enough terminology to understand the information being given.
There are good quality illustrations throughout the book which make the building techniques described easier to understand.
If you're looking for a hardbound coffee table book full of beautiful color pictures, you might be disappointed.
Pictures are, in most cases, the best way to communicate. The effectivity ranking of pictures is, in my opinion, as follows:
1. Color illustrations. 2. B/W illustrations, drawings, and sketches. 3. Color photos. 4. B/W photos.
The only thing I would like to see changed in Nick's book, after a brief perusal, is more color. But, I realize that this would add to the cost of the book.
The book is priced quite well, and it is a very good value. I feel I definitely got my money's worth.
When a hardbound coffee table version full of color illustrations and photos of beautiful boats in beautiful surroundings becomes available, I'll probably want to order an autographed copy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent guide, well written and I particularly like the relaxed approach to overcoming problems, it motivates you to have a go. It's clear and information packed. The author is helpful on-line. What more could we ask for? If you're hesitating...buy it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov. 1998
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Nick has really outdone himself. Reading Nick's book got me motivated to the point I have a kayak springing to life in my basement as I write this.
At any moment if I get confused on what to do next, I thumb through the book and usually find detailed instructions. When that fails, Nick is always available to answer questions on his Bulletin board. His web site is very informative with lots of color pictures.
"Two Thumbs Up!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 1998
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Nick Schade has transformed the kayak into a functional canvas to display intricate woodworking paterns. He shows several different ways woodstrips can be assembled and discussed those tradeoffs. The reason I bought this book was to learn how to join the hull and deck efficiently and accurately. Caution: The strongback may not be as straight as desired.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel on 4 Nov. 2011
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Nick Schade has written a very practical book it's written in simple terms and yet there is plenty of technical information and theory for anyone who's interested. It's very nice that Nick provides three different boat options ranging from simple to more complicated. The process is very concise and illustrations very helpful. Of the few self built kayak books that I have seen this is probably the most practical.
What better excuse to stay in the garage all day.
Good luck and have fun.
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