Model waka ama (outrigger canoe) bath toy

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Project by charlie posted 01-04-2020 01:23 AM 481 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

7yo wanted to make a bath toy. That’s how this started, and it got a bit out of hand :-)

I didn’t want to get a plastic thing, so when she wanted a waka ama model like the one from the movie Moana, I thought it would be a good chance for us to do some woodwork together.

We used a couple of scrap pieces of poplar, some tagasaste branches from our property, and lashed them together with wharariki (NZ mountain flax) leaves, which are tough and fibrous. 7yo did most of the gouging and spokeshaving herself.

We wove the sail from wharariki leaves. We painted it with waterproof paint and the sail has a red koru (spiral) on it, painted by her. She loves the fact that it floats.

Poplar and wharariki, with hand tools.

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#1 posted 01-04-2020 02:56 AM

Awesome project. Well done Dad. Looks like a seaworthy craft.

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#2 posted 01-04-2020 06:50 PM


Well done Dad and daughter! She’ll treasure that for years to come with such good memories of working together with Dad!


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