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Some examples of the kayaks that I have built in the last ten plus years are shown below.

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Replica of a Pacific Yuit kayak
 Provenance unknown. The original is from the D.f. Tozier Collection by the Museum of the American Indian, 1918.
Length         14'-6 1/4"
Beam            27-11/16"
Depth to Shear  13-3/8"
Lines taken off by Harvey Golden
Replica of  an Aleut Two Hole Kayak
The original is in the U.S. National Museum, Washington, D.C. USNM 160336.
Length            20'-7"
Beam              22"
Depth to Shear  12"
Lines taken off by David Zimmerly
Typical Greenland style kayak
Length              17'
Beam                18"
Depth to Shear   5"
Replica of Mackenzie Delta kayak
NMM IV-D-2039 in the collection of the National Museums of Canada.
Length             16'-5"
Beam               19"
Depth to Shear  9-1/2"
Lines taken off by David Zimmerly, 1974.
Replica of the Lowie Baidarka
LM 2-14886, Lowie Museum, University of California, Berkeley.
Length                  16'-8.6"
Beam                    20.4"
Depth to Shear      8.7"
Lines taken off by David Zimmerly, 1978.
Replica of the Inland Chukchi
 The original is in the Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg, Russia and was collected between 1904 and 1907.

Length                 16'-8"
Beam                   19-1/2"
Depth to Shear     9-1/4"

Lines taken off by David Zimmerly, 1975.
Caribou Kayak
The photo was taken on the shores of Baker Lake in the mid 1960's by Eugene Arima while doing field work in the area. The community joined together to replicate the craft that were used in the past.
Replica of an Aleut Kayak
 The original is in the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, St. Petersburg, Russia. It was collected in 1845, Akun Island, Aleutian Islands.
Length               19'-1"
Beam                 17.1"
Depth to Shear   8.3"
Lines taken off by David Zimmerly, 1975.
East Arctic Kayak
 This is a reproduction from David Zimmerly's
"East Arctic Kayak: Building a Reproduction"
Length                 21'-0"
Beam                   27"
Depth to Shear      9-1/2"
Replica of a Bering Sea Kayak
This replica of a Hooper Bay kayak was built from David Zimmerly's book, "Hooper Bay Kayak Construction".
Length                        15'-1/4"
Beam                            30-1/8"
Depth to Shear               9-3/8"
Nansen's Bamboo Kayaks
This is a replica of one of the two kayaks that Nansen and Johansen used to paddle back from their attempt to reach the North Pole in 1895. They made it to 86* 14' and then spent two years walking and paddling back to Franz Joseph Land and a ride back to Norway. The kayaks were made out of bamboo and seemed rather crude, but they did the job. I found the bamboo difficult to work with at first but eventually developed some modest skills. The two kayaks were deep and beamy and interesting to construct. Read "Farthest North".
The Bering Strait Two Hole

This is a replica of the first kayak that David Zimmerly took lines off of, the Bering Strait Two Hole. It is an extremely stout, almost massive in it's construction, but similar in some respects to the Hooper Bay single. It was slow to construct as the ribs were one and one half inches in diameter. Make from stout young trees, they had to be cut in half lengthwise and steamed to get the proper shape.

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