Tuesday, February 3, 2009
With the loss of one link...
I'm adding another new one. The link is to Qajaq USA which is the American chapter of Qaannat Kattuufiat. Qaannat Kattuufiat is the Greenland Kayak Association and supports and promotes the building, paddling and racing of Greenland style kayak - a traditional style of skin-on-frame kayak that represents a highly developed watercraft. These watercraft are unique in that they are really tailored to fit the user by anatomical dimensions such as the paddler's reach, grip, arm-span and the like.
This website is a treasure trove of information ranging from their forum, their newsletter, and video images teaching paddling and rolling techniques. One thing that I find particularly interesting is the instructions for making a Greenland style paddle by Chuck Holst that is available as a PDF file. In addition, there is a video by Matt Johnson that uses Chuck's method and shows to build a paddle. Really great information that shouldn't be missed.
If you have an interest in the information provided, consider becoming a member of Qajac USA and supporting their efforts.
I find these to be beautiful and fast boats. As you may know from my previous post, "One of each, please!" I have an interest in building one of these boats - mostly because I enjoy lightweight craft. I am convinced that these smaller, lighter boats get used much more often than cumbersome heavy boats.