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!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course introduction

    • NEW Kayak Course Introduction

    • NEW Kayak Plans Overview

    • NEW Course history and tips for your build

    • Licensing Agreement for our Paid Courses and Plan Sets

  • 2

    Odds and ends

    • NEW options for coloring the skin

    • NEW float/gear bags for skin on frame kayaks (video I made for YouTube)

    • float bags, sea socks, and kayak safety

    • NEW steam bent cockpit coamings for sale

    • NEW F1 or LPB kayak parts kit for sale

    • NEW Greenland Kayak parts kit for sale

    • NEW Doweled deck beam joinery

    • NEW Joining/Scarfing wood into longer lengths

    • NEW table saw safety

    • NEW Variations on the F1

    • NEW Frame Modifications for Adding a Kayak Sail

    • NEW Planning for Brass Bow Protection

  • 3

    Supplies, tools, wood, and safety

    • NEW Setting up your workspace

    • NEW tools for building a skin on frame kayak

    • NEW choosing and sharpening block planes and chisels

    • NEW Choosing wood for skin on frame kayaks

    • NEW prepping bending oak and maximizing rib yield

    • NEW Prepping rib stock

    • Supplies for building a skin on frame kayak

    • NEW a discussion of kayak skin choices

    • Kayak Skin Choices and Suppliers (text only)

    • Bending Oak Suppliers (text only)

  • 4

    Jigs and forms

    • jigs and forms

    • NEW deck beam mortise setup jig

    • NEW building an angled deck beam mortise jig

  • 5

    Making the cockpit coaming

    • NEW Building the coaming introduction

    • NEW Building the coaming bending jig

    • NEW Measuring for the coaming and selecting wood

    • NEW Cutting and laying out the coaming stock

    • NEW Cutting the coaming end tapers

    • NEW Coaming steaming setup and steaming times

    • NEW Steam bending the coaming

    • NEW finishing the coaming

    • NEW Steaming the coaming into a "taco" shape (optional)

  • 6

    Gunwale Layout

    • NEW Laying out the gunwales

    • NEW F1 special layout instructions

  • 7

    Mortising the gunwales

    • NEW plunge router setup

    • NEW cutting the rib mortises

    • NEW cutting deck beam mortises

    • NEW cutting mortises with a drill jig

  • 8

    Making laminated deck beams

    • NEW laminating curved deck beams

  • 9

    Misc. prep / parts review

    • NEW adding sheer blocks (wedges) to the West Greenland gunwales

    • NEW cutting rolling bevels on the stringers

    • NEW rounding the keel and stringers

    • Reviewing the parts

FAQ

  • Are plans available in metric measurements?

    Because the accompanying video courses call out imperial measurements, and we are constantly making updates to both the plans and videos, we’ve found that metric plans leave a lot of room for potential confusion or error. For builders outside the US, we recommend purchasing a metric to imperial tape measure to make your build easier.

  • Do the videos expire? Can I watch on multiple devices?

    You can login and view the course on any device. Enrolling in a course gives you lifetime access to the course material, including any updates or additions we make to the material in the future. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons we created these video courses instead of writing a book, because our designs and techniques are constantly evolving and we want you to always have access to the best and most up-to-date information.

  • I don’t have internet in my shop, can I download the videos to watch later?

    You can download individual videos to your device, but be aware that file sizes can be quite large.

5 star rating

Skin on Frame Prep Course Review

Alexander Mangani

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

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

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"Must see" before committing to the online course and build!

Tim Yanasak

Wow! What a thorough overview of the entire skin-on frame kayak building process. Not only is this an opportunity to get look at the physical build but this ...

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Wow! What a thorough overview of the entire skin-on frame kayak building process. Not only is this an opportunity to get look at the physical build but this video introduces Brian Schulz's teaching style. Through clear description and video demonstration Brian breaks each step of the build into small easy to understand segments. A great opportunity to see what is entailed with this project before committing to the larger more complete, Skin-on-Frame course.

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Great primer

Allen Hall

Boat loads of good information and small tips to make processes easier.

Boat loads of good information and small tips to make processes easier.

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Awesome videos

Guilherme Aminger

Everything is explained in its smallest details. There is no way to go wrong if you watch the videos from start to end paying attention to every comment Bria...

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Everything is explained in its smallest details. There is no way to go wrong if you watch the videos from start to end paying attention to every comment Brian makes. Any step you could make a mistake he warns you by making everything perfectly clear. My congratulations for the exceptional quality to these courses.

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Amazing start to my build

John Cecil

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

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

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Odds and ends

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 th...

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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.

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Simply Amazing!

Rich Harris

I really just want to run to the store(s) and get everything I'm going to need to build me an F1 right now... but it's 1:30 in the morning. The quality of i...

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I really just want to run to the store(s) and get everything I'm going to need to build me an F1 right now... but it's 1:30 in the morning. The quality of instruction is perfect. All instruction is clear and concise. I can't wait to get into the build!

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Skin-on-frame prep course

Robert Pulfer

Excellent intro, very thankful you put it together. It takes some of the anxiety away about beginning such a process for the non 'handy-person' type.

Excellent intro, very thankful you put it together. It takes some of the anxiety away about beginning such a process for the non 'handy-person' type.

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Prep for skin on frame kayak

mike kubicki

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

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

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From another builder.

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...

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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.

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Nicely done!

kirk Eschenburg

Level of detail is great. From what I can see of the plans, there should be no issues. I know answers are are only a phone call away. Looking forward to ge...

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Level of detail is great. From what I can see of the plans, there should be no issues. I know answers are are only a phone call away. Looking forward to getting started very soon. Next step is to locate a wood source. Thanks Brian

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Good foundations

Chris Terrell

I've just completed one of the sections of this and am very impressed at the thoroughness with which you have prepared and presented this material. It is ver...

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I've just completed one of the sections of this and am very impressed at the thoroughness with which you have prepared and presented this material. It is very helpful indeed and is making the process of costing and planning for building one of your boats much easier as you touch on many apparently small but important practical details that would otherwise become major pitfalls. Thank you. I'll continue watching the other videos in this course and should be ready to complete my budgeting and planning soon. Meanwhile, my first Greenland style paddle, from your plans, is soaking up Tung oil, hopefully ready to try out on the water in a few days!

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Good heavens, he's thorough!

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 rol...

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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.

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