Anders' Kayak Build 2022


Anders' build class is back with a really special twist. 

The Delmarva Paddler’s Retreat’s traditional Greenland skin-on-frame kayak building class is back this year by popular demand, but with a very special twist. This year we’ll be teaming up with our friends at the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in historic Saint Michaels, MD.

The build class will begin Friday morning, Sept 30th, through Thursday, Oct 6th. The build class will coincide with the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival from Oct.1st through 3rd, and you’ll spend the week surrounded by historic watercraft and a crowd of small boat enthusiasts. On Friday, Oct. 7th, the class migrates across the Delmarva Peninsula to Camp Arrowhead, DE where you can finalize any remaining details on your build and enjoy the Retreat in your new kayak.

Your instructor, Anders Thygesen of Vestfossen, Norway, is an accomplished kayak builder, paddle maker, and expedition kayaker. He has supported his kayaking habit (and family) by building traditional qajaqs since 1996. His partner, Jannie Heegaard, a similarly accomplished kayaker, has assisted Anders build classes for several years. She will be on hand to guide your build and help you finish your kayak within the timeframe of the class. Anders and Jannie are favorite guests at Delmarva, and have taught several build classes through the years.

Anders models his build classes on the best tradition of the Inuit, where skills are passed on from person to person. You will enjoy the opportunity to personalize the kayak as you wish, both in form and function, as each participant builds their own kayak from scratch. We use simple hand tools, and while some instruction will be available in use of the tools, the student needs to have a working knowledge of planes, chisels and small hand saws. If time allows, you will also be able to carve your own paddle. After an intense week of hard work, you should leave the Retreat with a completed skin-on-frame kayak.

Learn more about Anders and what he does at Kajakkspesialisten (don't miss his blog!) and at Norwegian Wood Paddles. Grab your favorite beverage before you sit down – you’ll want to watch all of his videos! Also, here’s Peter Gengler's time-lapse film of Anders' kayak build at the 2017 Delmarva Paddlers Retreat..

Further details of the class and pricing.

Email us if you are interested.