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When I was a kid, I used to spend my summers with my grandparents in Wisconsin.  We had a couple cabins on a lake, and nearly every day of those summers was spent in the water or on it, mostly paddling around in canoes or the occasional kayak.  

One summer my Uncle David hauled a rotted, broken down canvas canoe out from under one of the cabins and asked my brother and me if we wanted to help him restore it.  We did of course, and so we started the process of stripping the old canvas off the frame, removing the rotten planking, thwarts, and gunwales and then trying to fashion replacement parts with whatever we had on hand.  Finally we had a workable skeleton, so we stretched canvas over it and painted it.  It was hardly a professional job, but it was sea worthy.  Uncle Dave ended up giving it to our cousin Jim whose father the canoe had originally belonged to before it was abandoned under our cabin.  But I had the bug from that point on.

Several years later I got the itch to try my hand again at boat building. In 2003 I purchased Chris Kulczycki's excellent book The New Kayak Shop: More Elegant Wooden Kayaks Anyone Can Build and I absolutely devoured it, learning all that I could about the techniques used to construct modern light wooden boats. Unfortunately no matter how many times I tried, it always seemed that life got in the way of this project and nothing I could do changed that. So after nearly 10 years of planning and dreaming, after several detours, and more than a few bumps in the road I am finally going to move the ball and actually start this project. On April 24, 2012 I placed an order with Chesapeake Light Craft for my first kayak kit, a Wood Duck 12 recreational cruising kayak!

As I progress on this project I plan to document the experience on this site. I have never built a boat in my life so I am definitely what one would consider to be a novice boat builder.  My intent for this site will be to leave a record for others who may someday find it informative.
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