• Kayaks,  Materials,  Our Projects,  Skin-on-Frame,  Wood

    Gossamer Muskellunge: Beauty is skin deep.

    The Gossamer Muskellunge is a custom East Greenland skin-on-frame kayak.  The hull shape is designed by Björn Thomasson of Sweden, after a historic boats on record on the southern East Greenland coast. Thomasson optimizes the lines of the ancient craft with an understanding of modern hydrodynamic science, and designs a hull based precisely on the customer’s biometrics, in this case, mine. The plans are intended to be realized as cedar strip boats.  When I received the plans, instead of cedar strips, I built forms for a traditionally constructed craft. The result being an optimized traditional boat.  The result was initially quite…

  • Coracles,  In Progress,  Our Projects

    The Lily Pad

    The Lily Pad is a small coracle (36″ x 48″) inspired by the Ironbridge coracle tradition. Designed for those of moderate-weight and young paddlers, this boat has a markedly flat hull  for excellent primary stability and a relatively stable ride. …

  • Mark Aplin's Coracle Course
    Coracles,  In Progress,  Videos

    Mark Aplin’s Coracle Course (UK)

    This is a method that produces a nice, stable flat-bottomed boat. By anchoring the gunwale and seat at height and level to the table, laths can be fine tuned while the weave remains flat against the work surface. Nice video,…

  • Coracles,  In Progress,  Our Projects

    A Coracle for Will

    One of our founding boatwrights, Will Zacker, works on a coracle to paddle with his young daughter.  The coracle needs to be a bit longer to accommodate two people, one in front and one to the rear. It will also…

  • Materials,  Our Projects,  Wood

    Ashes to Boats

    The sad truth is that there is a glut of Ash at the sawmills, and soon, there will be none. The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species from Asia, has decimated Pennsylvania’s stately Ash population. The forests won’t be the…

  • In Progress,  Our Projects,  Stand-Up Paddle Craft

    Stand Up Paddle-Cat

    Sometimes even a relatively large project takes unexpected turns.  I set out to build some outriggers for a sailing canoe. I used stitch and glue construction techniques, which are becoming a contemporary stand-by in boat construction these days. As it…