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Milestone reached in the skin-on-frame ourigger canoe project – framing for the ama is done!

We are thrilled to report a major milestone reached in our latest boatbuilding project: the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe. The frame for the ama is all done and, while there a few things I can quibble with – namely the lines around the bow – on the whole I am pretty pleased with it.

Fully framed ama

Fully framed ama - bow

Left to be seen, of course, is how the stern works when skinned. Hopefully the shape made by the “high heeled shoe” piece comes through OK.

Stern view of ama

Bow-on view of ama

The lashing was fun to figure out. Among the learnings was that I really didn’t think through putting all those holes in the three main frames – the cut-outs were fine, especially if I created a strategic notch.

Detail of lashing on ama framing

Finally there is the scarf joints I did for the two lower stringers. There isn’t a lot of stress on these, but I am pretty proud of these. Two dowels and a slightly modified simple whipping technique and I feel better about these than ones with glue. OK, maybe that is too much, but they feel solid.

Scarf in stringer

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