Tuesday, October 13, 2015

South African Wa'apa


Somon Britz in Durban, South Africa is building a 0ne piece 16" Wa'apa. 



The amas are foam filled PVC pipe with shaped and glassed ends.

3 comments:

c william said...

I am curious about the amas.
Many years ago a friend of mine was making pvc didgeridoo, he would flame them in a way with a torch and once soft wiggle and squish the softened area to make it look like bamboo.
I have been wondering if it would be possible to add more shape to amas that way.
Make them more boat shaped instead of tube shaped. I also wonder if shaping them would matter?

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Gary.Dierking said...

I think that some rocker especially at the stern would help. Sometimes a canoe will be sailing loaded more aft and this drags the stern of the ama. You'll see that rocker on big racing tris too.