Building your kayak begins by taking your measurements. Your kayak is fitted exactly to you, like a pair of custom shoes.

You can specify the type of kayak you want. A low back deck, for example, in a boat in which you intend to work on the repertoire of Greenlandic rolling techniques. More rocker for a boat that is more maneuverable; less for stronger tracking.

Or, you can choose a replica, patterned after the many traditional hunting kayaks that have been collected in museums and surveyed. It’s a fascinating way to get in touch with the ancient foundations of kayaking.

Your kayak frame is made of wooden pieces that are lashed or pegged. The oak ribs are steam bent. The skin is polyester fabric, sewn tightly and then covered with paint or varnish. Your kayak will weigh about 30 pounds.