Anders' kayak build workshop will give you the opportunity to learn the art of building your own skin on frame (SOF) kayak under his skilled mentorship. The price of $1975.00 includes all materials and instruction to build a kayak, and access to the facilities at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in Saint Michaels, MD.


Because the kayak build class will be hosted at CBMM this year, each participant will be responsible for their own accommodations and meals while the class is under way. There are several vacation rental listings close to CBMM, as well as nearby hotels in Saint Michaels. CBMM is also offering camping space on-site for class participants, with convenient access to their bathroom and shower facilities.

After the class wraps up at CBMM, we want you to fully enjoy your new kayak as soon as possible. We hope you'll finish out the weekend by joining us at Camp Arrowhead for the Delmarva Paddlers Retreat at a special reduced cost of $240 per person. This includes lodging (bunkhouse or tent) and meals at camp from your arrival on Friday, October 7th, through lunch on Sunday, October 9th, special kayak-related presentations, on-water and land-based classes, and the opportunity to connect with new friends who share a love of traditional kayaking.


What to Expect:

Anders will be in touch with you prior to the class to help you determine the type of the kayak you're interested in building, including taking measurements and discussing possible options to personalize your kayak in form and function. Each participant will build their own SOF with his skilful supervision using simple hand tools such as planes, chisels, and small hand saws. While a working knowledge of hand tools is helpful, basic instruction and guidance in the use of each tool will be provided for those who are less familiar. The goal is for you to have a framed and skinned kayak at the end of the course, so expect six very long days of intense work in the boatshop. At the end of the class, Anders will guide you on how to complete final outfitting and finishing touches that remain to be worked on later.


Hand Tools:

Here is a complete list of tools needed by each participant. A PDF version is also available.

    2 sawhorses to support the kayak during construction (we have some available to borrow for those traveling a distance)


    1 small hand saw - small Japanese saws work fine


    1 small surface/block plane


    1 spokeshave


    1 hammer


    1 pair of pliers to pull out little temporary nails


    1 combination or tri-square


    1 adjustable T-bevel for drawing different angles


    Battery-powered cordless drill - light duty is fine


    Utility knife - Anders will have Mora Knives available for purchase




    Cabinet scraper and/or sand paper, 80 and 120 grit


    3-6' pieces of medium thickness rope or 3 kayak straps - for tying/strapping your kayak to the sawhorses


    As many little clamps as possible!


If you have any questions about the tools or any aspect of the build class, please feel free to contact us at


Registration for the SOF Building with Anders is open