Friday, October 30, 2015

Tamanu from Brazil

Hjalmar Turesson just launched his new Tamanu in Brazil.

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.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ama Attachment Methods

One of the most fascinating parts of the outrigger canoe is the multiple ways that have been devised to connect the ama to the crossbeam.  It must be strong enough to slam into wave faces, be twisted in confused seas and still produce the smallest possible drag.
Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck) did extensive research on this in the 1930's.