Ross writes –
For me, creating wood strip kayaks has become an engaging and fufilling pastime. There is an inexplicable magical quality to wooden boats; not only in the finished craft, but in the building process itself. Perhaps it has something to do with the fluid, organic lines, but there is something eminently satisfying about building a kayak, something that is not experienced when building a piece of furniture. Of course, it’s possible that the reason is much less mystical and intangible; maybe its simply that I stink at building furniture.
Over time, my interest in building kayaks expanded to include designing kayaks. I developed KayakFoundry, a Windows-based kayak CAD program that is tailored to designing strip-built kayaks. The Whiptail (shown above) was designed using KayakFoundry.
This site is a photo-journal of each of my kayak projects.
Blue Heron Kayaks – Link.