Monday, July 21, 2008

How to build a canoe with a log and an adze

Everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about building a seagoing outrigger from logs with primitive tools is well documented in this University of Oregon project report about building a canoe in Kapingamarangi. Kapingamarangi is an isolated atoll in Southern Micronesia populated by Polynesians.
I remember seeing these same canoes heading out to sea every morning when I lived in Pohnpei. They were powered by small outboards but were traditionally sailed with an Oceanic lateen shunting rig.

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