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Greenland Kayak - History and Construction with William Silvis

  • SBWI Main Stage 2300 North Adrian Highway Adrian, MI, 49221 United States (map)

Join William Silvis for an hour long educational seminar about the greenland kayak. This is one you dont want to miss.

The native people of the arctic have been making small, fast, single-person boats for thousands of years. They took advantage of simple tools, found materials, and animal skins to build reliable water craft ideally suited for hunting the game that was vital to their survival – seals in the eastern arctic of Greenland and sea otters in the western Alaskan arctic. We’ll build a version of this type of boat, a West Greenland Qajaq, which is the model behind many of the recreational sea kayaks in use today. We’ll put it together using the same parts and techniques, and using the same design that can be seen in museum specimens that are hundreds of years old (although nylon fabric will replace the animal skin!).