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.