Re: [baidarka] David Zimmerly's kayak plans

stephen (
Fri, 15 May 1998 21:53:38 -0700

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Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 21:53:38 -0700
From: stephen <>
Subject: Re: [baidarka] David Zimmerly's kayak plans

I would like to get a copy of that Smithsonian Video. Can you give the
details so I can get it?
Thanks Steve Yahn

At 12:51 PM 5/15/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Hi There!
>Its great to have finally found an online baidarka building forum!
>Like perhaps many of you, I've become intrigued with building a
>traditional skin kayak after having read Wolfgang Brinck'swell written
>and informative book. However, further investigations have turned up
>deveral variations in the frame's construction (as well as skin options)
>and I'd really like to explore some of these. In particular, I'm trying
>to obtain David Zimmerly's aleutian kayak plans. I've seen links to these
>on several web sites but the've all led to "File not Found" messages. Any
>ideas? Ideal format would be an AutoCAD file.
>Also, I came across a 1993 Scientific American video which shows a
>computer model of a baidarka, used to illustrate the frame flex and the
>use of ivory inlays between the forward deck stringer and deck beams(and
>maybe other parts?) to facilitate this flexure. I found no mention of
>these in Brinck's book and was wondering how necessary they are or if
>they simply reduce some of the wear.
>Finally, I'm leaning towards using ballistic nylon as the boat's covering
>and was wondering what kind of waterproofing to use. I'm shooting for a
>translucent look - Corey Freeman of Spirit Line Kayaks is using something
>like this - a urathane maybe?
>Look forward to hearing from you all and thanks in advance!
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