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 This is me in a replica of a Pacific Yuit kayak, provenance unknown. It is from the
D.F. Tozier Collection of the Museum of the American Indian, 1918. The collection
is at the Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, ON. No 977.185. It is 14-6 long
with a 27-11/16 beam. The lines were drawn by Harvey Golden.

 It is deep and beamy making it very comfortable and stable to paddle. Note that it
retains the
Split bow but in an upturned form. 

 The split upturned bow.


The gunnels are red cedar as are the deck beams.

The deck beams and gunnels are joined using mortise and tenons as in the original.

The deck beams are pegged in place and then trimmed.

With the deck beams located, a temporary keelson is clamped in place to provide
target dimensions for the rib installation.

The ribs were steamed and bent over patterns that were cut for all rib locations.
The ribs were then put in place and cut to fit in the mortises that were cut in the gunnels.

This is the hull with all ribs in place.

The rather large bow piece was carved from a solid block of red cedar that had been
  glued together from two smaller pieces.

The Y detail on the bow was made of white oak, something that one would never
 find beachcombing for material on an Arctic beach.

The cockpit coaming was made of white oak, steam bent around a pre-cut form.

The finished hull before the deck stringer and cockpit are installed.

The finished hull without deck stringers and cockpit.

The very pretty finished frame before covering.


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