Anders' kayak build workshop will give you the opportunity to learn the art of building your own skin on frame kayak. The price of $1975.00 includes everything it takes to build the kayak at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. We are leaving accommodations up to each participant. We have reserved a large house within 20 minutes of CBMM. Unfortunately, it is all double beds so we’re not sure everyone will fit. The rental share to stay in one of those double beds from Sept 29th to Oct  6th would be about $600. We booked through Vrba and there were several smaller houses closer to CBMM too. There are also hotels and the Museum has offered up camping space. There are bathrooms and showers close by to the camping area.

We're offering a special reduced cost of $240 per person for the Delmarva Paddlers Retreat to each participant of the build class and we hope you'll finish out the weekend by joining us at Camp Arrowhead. From your arrival at camp on Friday, Oct 7th, through Sunday afternoon, Oct 9th, you will be a full participant at the Retreat, including all activities, on-water instruction, Friday and Saturday night lodging (bunkhouse or tent camping) and all meals through Sunday lunch. We want you to be sure to enjoy your new kayak as soon as you can.


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