Wood strip Kayak

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Project by Tomy Hovington posted 02-26-2015 07:05 AM 5031 views 23 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a older project that i’ve made… But I thought it was worth sharing.I build this kayak 5 years ago.

This project was for me the turning point where I realised that if I really put the time and effort into a wood project I can get amazing result. This Wood strip Kayak is make out of red cedar, and pine for the most part… In this project I also integrated reclamed red cedar that had been weathered for over 25 years… You can see that cedar on the top, It’s the darker wood.

I also learned a lot about fiberglass making this project. The woodwork was done within months, but the fiberglass took a lot more time. Prints and layout were from One ocean kayaks.

The instructional book and the prints were a breeze to follow..

To this day, my best reward is putting it in the water and having kayakers, and woodworkers approching me to talk about the build before I go on my paddle..

Here is a link to a video (picture slide) that I had made back then…

-- Tomy Hovington

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#1 posted 02-26-2015 10:20 AM

That’s a beauty! My favorite shot is the top view (kayak on side on top of car) revealing a diamond pattern with the wood strips.

I’ve grown used to my plastic Necky and just drive the thing right up on the rocks in the ocean waves and bounce around while I climb out. Not with yours!

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 10:39 AM

well done. and welcome to lumberjocks. I have always want to build a kayak, but I can’t seem to find enough room around here. I have a basement shop, so doing it downstairs is out, I’d never get the thing out of the basement. Like the construction pictures in the youtube video. Really shows the work in one of these. Very nice.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 11:18 AM

Wow what a beautiful looking Kayak, beautiful woods and you did an amazing job…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 02-26-2015 01:48 PM

Wow. Really work of art! Like the kayak too. Congratulations, a big proyect.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 02-26-2015 02:17 PM

Beautiful lines, elegant and extremely well executed. Great job!

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 02:26 PM

That’s a real beauty. It’s always a good day when another boat hits the water.

Nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 02:45 PM

Spectacular results. I hope she cruises well for you in the water. I’ve always wanted to build a sea kayak. It’s just that in Colorado, it’s not the best fit. Yes, we have our share of lakes and rivers, but it won’t be the same as going to sea…

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 03:08 PM

My aim was to build a cedar strip kayak, have the book etc, but realized the time commitment to make one, I ended up settling on another method. Fast, simple, light and inexpensive. When I get time to build another,will do a post. The workmanship on your kayak is beyond description. your workmanship would be of the highest order considering your skills of making musical instruments. Where abouts in B.C. are you located.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 02-26-2015 03:12 PM

Ron Swanson would be very proud!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#11 posted 02-26-2015 03:21 PM

This is a beautiful project. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 02-26-2015 03:49 PM

Beautiful kayak, I like the pattern on the deck. I was going to build mine this winter in the basement but other projects took over. Looks like I have to build mine this spring so I can get it out this summer. Again, great kayak.

-- Al Hart

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#13 posted 02-26-2015 05:01 PM

Gbluee, what a great job. Thanks for posting and sharing the video. Enjoy it for years to come. Congrats.

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#14 posted 02-26-2015 05:11 PM

Thank for your comments, building this kayak was a lot of fun…

Toyguy (Brian), The One Ocean Kayak web page used to have a builders page,( I think it’s been removed), but in that page somebody built one in his basement a got it out by a basement window. At the widest point it’s less than 2’.

bushmaster, In the pictures that I’ve posted I was living in Agassiz, close to Harisson lake. Harisson Is a great lake to kayak on, although must be careful as when the wind picks up sometime in the after noon it can trow some pretty big waves at you. I’ve now move to the coast in Vancouver suburbs, I’m within 10min by car away from the Ocean.One of my latest paddle I got the plesure of paddleing by a humpback whale…I felt really small.

Alan Hart, I would allow myself more than 3 months to built this thing… The wood part can be done pretty quickly but unless you have really good knowledge of fiberglass I would say give yourself at least 6 months. Mine took 2 years from start to finish…Most of it due to financial restraint.But I don’t think I would be able to get another one done in 3 months..

-- Tomy Hovington

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#15 posted 02-26-2015 07:44 PM

awesome boat

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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