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 (SOF qajaq) building class is coming back 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, who will be hosting the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival from Oct.1st through 3rd. The build class will begin Friday morning, Sept 30th, through Thursday, Oct 6th, 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 qajaq.

This course is modeled 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 qajaq.

Your instructor, Anders Thygesen of Vestfossen, Norway, is an accomplished expedition kayaker and so to support his habit (and the family) he also builds kayaks and makes paddles in Norway. A favorite guest at Delmarva in years past, he and Jannie Heegaard have been to Delmarva several times teaching kayaking building.

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.