RavenWoods Rolling Paddle

“The paddle passed the rolling test with flying colours.  It has a nicer feel than any other paddle.” Joan Jones The photo below shows a particular variation of Inuit qajaq paddle with an interesting feature. The profile of the paddle is slightly concave. I first heard about this design from …

Stickin’ It To ‘Em by James Robert in Adventure Kayak Magazine

Stickin’ It To ‘Em: In Defense of Greenland Paddles GREENLAND PADDLES ARE SUPERIOR IN EVERY WAY TO THEIR WIDE-BLADED BRETHREN WRITTEN BY JAMES ROBERTS PUBLISHED: JANUARY 08, 2016 Read the full article here: http://www.rapidmedia.com/adventurekayak/categories/departments/5390-stickin-it-to-em-in-defense-of-greenland-paddles.html “It’s time Greenland paddles got some respect. Like the kayak itself, the origins of this paddle design stem …

A Tulugaaq for Joan

My Tulugaaq rolling qajaq went through another round of testing and improvement this year. My friend Joan is an athletic coach for mountain biking and tennis. She has been working out all summer rolling one of my rolling qajaqs. It’s a smaller version of the Tulugaaq which is 18 inches …

A better way to apply polyurethane to SOF kayaks

Most kayak builders who have used the 2 part urethane coating from Corey’s Skin Boat Store have a love-hate relationship with it. The first coat goes on well enough and is very durable but it leaves a lot to be desired as a finish coat. After years of frustration I tried …

Curlew Baidarkas – Spring 2015

I built three baidarkas this spring. I used steam bent and laminated raised beams. I laminated bow stems and added an oak shoe for strength. I used two different polyurethane coatings on the skin, one for a primer which saturates the cloth and another for the finish coats for a …

Thigh Braces for the Curlew and Tahe

I built the latest RavenWoods Curlew baidarka with a large cockpit to make it easier to get in and out. A small cockpit has big advantages for rolling and fitting a tuilik, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. While I was testing the baidarka I realized that I needed thigh …

New Kayaking Videos from Gerhardt Raven

I finally figured out how to use my video editor and I have been catching up with the videos I have wanted to Make Building a RavenWoods Tulugaaq Rolling Qayaq Rolling with the Tulugaaq Surge Narrows – Rolling in a Whirlpool Kayaking with Wolves on the Wildside Kayaking Baja California