Closer Look: A Thousand Hands Ago

Bending WoodDiscovering lost traditional crafts is always a struggle. Follow along as Danish kayak builder Anders Thygesen builds a traditional kayak one very handcrafted step at a time.   We have plenty of reasons to love the process as we watch someone make something by hand. In this case, it’s an amazing skin-on-frame kayak built completely by hand with traditional methods of bent wood, flexible thread, and a lot of practice.

Boat Clamps

The video details the best parts of his build and it’s a really interesting process to see the frame develop, then get pieced together bit by bit until the finished product is finally revealed. Take a look, you won’t be disappointed.

There are plenty of resources out there to make your own kayak, here are a few to get you started:

1. Kayak DIY

2. Guillemot Kayaks

3. Pygmy Boats

Keep in mind your garage and free time will be used up for quite a bit during a build like this, so make sure you’re ready before you take a bite like this.