This year, Andrew Abyo built an Alutiiq kayak with us. He decided to take the urban kayak approach and go with the plastic ribs.
That's Wayne's hand in the picture. Wayne was helping out with both kayaks, the urban Aleut and the urban Alutiiq.
Here's Andrew demonstrating rib shape. A short piece of aluminum rod gives the flat center profile while the bilges stay round.
Andrew used some cable ties to hold the hull stringers to the ribs but also did some lashing with artificial sinew.
Here's a picture of the bow which we cut from plywood. The paper template is laying on the ground.
The cockpit rim was plastic as well. Here Andrew is pretend bending it with his teeth the way that people used to do with wood in the days when they lacked materials to make steam boxes.
The hull is stained the traditional red and Andrew is just putting on some finishing touches.
Last day. We almost finished the sewing except around the cockpit.
And a side view to show off the nose.
Looks like the head of an eagle, doesn't it?
And one final shot of Andrew in the dining hall of the APIA building.