Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ama lashings Part 3

The image above shows a typical ama connection used in Madagascar, off the coast of East Africa.

According to "Canoes of Oceania", this ama connection from the Marquesas Islands, at the far opposite end of outrigger canoe territory, was actually inspired by a person from East Africa that settled in the Marquesas in the late 1800's. The U shaped cutout at the top is used to hold fishing spears.
I use a variation of this technique on several of my outrigger canoe designs, because is is quick and easy to disconnect and allows the ama to pitch without stressing the connection.
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