Skin-on-Frame Kayak Prep Course

taught by Brian Schulz
  • 44 Videos

Course Curriculum

Jigs and forms
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Course description

This free course contains over 5 hours of detailed instruction on prepping to build your skin-on-frame kayak. You'll learn about setting up your work space for an easy, efficient build, selecting wood, gathering tools and materials, safety tips, steam bending the cockpit coaming, laying out and mortising the gunwales, building laminated deck beams, and producing all the various parts you'll need for your skin on frame build. The course also includes product descriptions for items we sell to make the process even easier! Whether or not you decide to buy a course from us, enjoy this information and happy building!

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Instructor

Brian Schulz
Brian Schulz

Hi, I'm Brian Schulz, owner and instructor for Cape Falcon Kayak. I've been teaching skin-on-frame boatbuilding for the last 15 years. I'm passionate about skin boat design and and helping people learn this amazingly easy and fun boat building system. My other passions include sustainable agriculture, natural building, and off-grid living. Enjoy the classes, and email me if you have any questions.

Reviews (25)

by Rolf Gerste
Very good explanations and video footage describing the whole building process.

by Dermot Tuite

Amazing start to my build

by John Cecil
This process has been amazing start to finish. Brian is superb instructor. I cannot wait to finish the next segment!
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by Rolf Gerste
Very good explanations and video footage describing the whole building process.

by Dermot Tuite

Amazing start to my build

by John Cecil
This process has been amazing start to finish. Brian is superb instructor. I cannot wait to finish the next segment!

A good finding

by Boosco Plana
Is a very interesting way to learn kayak building. It have Very detailed instructions and advice, and good quality. I LOVE IT.

A good finding

by Boosco Plana
Is a very interesting way to learn kayak building. It have Very detailed instructions and advice, and good quality. I LOVE IT.

by Stinius Dahl

Skin on frame prep course

by brian cronin
Very well done. Understanding that it covers everything, it moves slowly for someone with experience. Still worth watching it for the many tips that come out.

Odds and ends

by Lana Morgan
Fantastic series of videos contained in this section, very informative on a wide range of topics and as always very well presented in great detail. I'm in the early stages of a replica North Alaskan retrieval kayak and although their will be differences in some of my build the simple (and not so simple made simple by Brian) transferable skills I've picked up here have me very glad I stumbled upon Cape Falcon on YouTube.

by Marcus Sinclair

Skin-on-Frame Kayak Prep Course

by Denny Dawson
Great course, well done. Easy to follow. I've built a Pygmy Murrelet 4D using the stitch and glue method... Looking forward to building my first skin-on-frame kayak.

Skin on Frame Prep Course Review

by Alexander Mangani
This is, without a doubt, the best and most comprehensive resource I have found for constructing a skin on frame kayak.

Great overview

by William McCaffrey
Brian, You did a good job going over all of the various components that needed to be made before the actual construction of the boat could begin. It's clear that you have put a lot of thought into the processes required and considering that you are not a hard core woodworker you have come up with methods that most people could repeat. In many areas you addressed certain practices and concerns dealing with safety, but some areas were lacking. The one area that IMHO needs some work is the best practices and safety associated with the use of a router. I sent you feedback via email comments on some items. I have seen more people hurt and material destroyed with improper use of a router than I most tools in the wood shop. I know that it is hard to be on top of all of this for every tool, but the router is one of the most dangerous tools in the shop and it deserves more attention. The only reason that I did not give this course a 5 start rating was the concerns with respect to the use of the router.

by carsten meinel

SOF prep course

by ryc williamson
Hey Brian, Your SOF prep video is truly great.... You have an amicable, yet capable teaching style which comes across in the video. It is nearly like being in a class in person. I have done some of the steps that you describe, & find that they way you present them on the video is how you showed them in the building class prep day. I recommend this highly and also I recommend the F-1 as the boat to use...Mine has gone from Vancouver Island to Baja & points in between....Sorry to say it doesn't fit in an airline baggage compartment. For that you need a TRAK Kayak. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/trak-2-0-the-ultimate-touring-kayak/reft/12930724/pilotRW Ryc Williamson Aloha, Oregon BCU 4 Star Sea Leader

by Daniel Andreas Klein

excellent instruction

by Lindsay Bourguignon
so much great content packed into these videos, excellent work in passing along your knowledge, very helpful Brian. Thank you!

Two thumbs up!

by Tim Robb
The course seems real good I can't wait to start and paddle. I love your kayaks! Thanks for doing the videos.

by Ian Murray

Skin on frame kayak prep course

by michael schacher

From another builder.

by Kirk Fredericks
I've built a number of boats myself, stitch and glue, skin on fuselage frame, and wood strip, seven in all. I'm not a commercial builder, they've all gone to family and friends, and one for me. I'm interested in building a ribbed skin boat, and this was an excellent introduction to the process. I've got a lot of projects in the queue, but I'll be back to take the full online course and buy the plans. This free intro is a very detailed and generous gift to boat builders. Thanks very much. Kirk www.farback.ca

Prep Course review.

by Sixten Pettersson
Brian, Very inspiring introduction to kayak building. Feels almost like beeing present at the building class. I need to figure out which scandinavian wood species to choose. I am pretty sure I will follow up with video and plans for a west greenland kayak to start with. Thanks Sixten

Good heavens, he's thorough!

by Katherine Olgiati
I am a beginning skin-on-frame builder, and I enjoyed watching these videos. Learned some different ways of doing things that were very nice to see. The rolling bevel clip, for example. Mind you, I am 148 cm tall and weigh 90 pounds. No way do I handle my 3 HP router with quite the speed and elan that Brian does. However, almost everything in the videos looks do-able by humans, though I have my doubts about relying so much on spring clamps. I have built 5 boats according to the designer's instructions , and read a lot of books, and watched a lot of instructional videos and whatnot. Brian has got to be one of the most thorough instructors I've ever seen. I have never seen anybody else bother to tell you how to get organised before you begin. He also doesn't tell you once, he tells you 3 times (see the video on sewing on a new skin). Sounds dull. It's pedagogically brilliant. It works. Mind you, I haven't built the F1 yet, but just looking at the plan sheets in "beta" made my nostrils flare dramatically.

Great

by Paul Doherty
Really loved Brian's teaching and systems. Well organized. I will be building one in the new year.

Prep for skin on frame kayak

by mike kubicki
This is the most informative and well put together instructions available.

by Alexander Kuzmin