Roland wrote:Looks great! Wouldn't it be nice to build one entirely of Huon pine! What other timbers did you use?
allan wrote:Roland wrote:Looks great! Wouldn't it be nice to build one entirely of Huon pine! What other timbers did you use?
There are a couple of reasons why building a kayak entirely from Huon Pine is not a particularly attractive proposition.
The first issue is the cost.
The second issue is the weight. Huon pine has a density of about 520 kg/m3. WRC is about 350 kg/m3 and Paulownia is about 280 kg/m3.
I have found that roughly half the weight of a stripper is the strips in the hull and deck. So a Huon Pine stripper would be about 6 to 8 kg heavier than the same kayak made from Paulownia. While the Huon Pine strips might be made slightly thinner, it would still be significantly heavier.
Another reason is that Huon PIne is such a good boat building timber that in some ways it is a waste to use it for a strip built kayak. In order to be strong enough, a stripper needs to have a layer of glass on both sides, so the timber never gets wet.
Paulownia starts off quite pale, a bit like Tassie Oak, but after a few years' use, the kayak develops a golden colour. Every one of my older kayaks has prompted someone to ask me if it is made from Huon Pine. To the untrained eye, the colour is similar, but the grain is of course quite different.
I have worked with Huon Pine and have seen some quite amazing pieces, but while it might be nice to dream of a kayak made from Huon Pine, I have never thought that it was a good idea.
BTW, that Shearwater looks great.
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