Its starting to look like an ama – the latest on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project

I know many of you have been waiting with bated breath for an updated on my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project. OK, by “many” I mean “three, max” and by “bated breath” I mean “vague curiosity.” But this boat is starting to take shape and, by the powers granted me by the good people behind WordPress and the blogosphere in general, I declare an update is overdue. It so happens that I hit a nice milestone last night, so here we are (complete with background views of our playroom).

I have assembled the keel, the three frames, the deck, the iako connection pieces (partially), and (partially) the bow piece.

Ama - with keel and deck in place

Just the “transom” piece to go, along with the stringers.

Ama - stern end

Ama - bow end

My lashing is improving. I love it – this medium is REALLY working for me.

Ama - frame detail, with lashings

1 Comment for “Its starting to look like an ama – the latest on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project”

Mark

says:

This is great! I was just poking around wondering if an outrigger canoe could be built skin-on-frame. I have plans for Gary Dierking’s Ulua, but wsa not sure about strip building, but skin-on-frame would be perfect! Thanks for the great photos. Might help me “just do it”…

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