Bruce Lemon designed this 17' Aleutian Baidarka skin-on-frame kayak, built by Charles Hall of Salt Lake City, UT. He made the frames from bent oak lashed to Douglas fir stringers. The skin is a synthetic canvas sewn together on top and around the canvas coaming. He used no glue or screws. Charles launched the kayak in June 2004. He uses it on the waterways of the Rocky Mountains and the northwest US. His son and grandson are shown in this photograph. Contact Charles at 2652 E. 6200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Brian Emblin used several sources for help in the construction of his skin-on-frame kayak: "Wood and Canvas Kayak Building" by George Putz, "The Wood and Canvas Canoe" by Jerry Stelmok and Rollin Thurlow, and a video from North Bay Canoe Company in North Bay Ontario, Canada. In spring 2002, after much study of these sources, he began building his kayak in his garage, spending an estimated 100 hours in construction. His kayak is a light and quick boat that is very tough. He reports that he got more satisfaction from building the kayak than from actually using it.