Boat Building

  • Nick Schade’s forums are a wonderful resource for boatbuilding and paddling techniques.
  • The QajaqUSA forum has everything you could ever want to know about traditional building and paddling skills.
  • Redfish Kayaks has several models of strip plans, and Joe Greenley makes some of the most beautiful boats you will ever see.
  • Harvey Golden has written the book on Greenland kayaks…literally!
  • Pygmy Boats is an excellent resource for kits, plans, and advice for plywood stitch and glue boats.


  • Ginni Callahan, at Columbia River Kayaking is a BCU 5* paddler, level 4 coach and an Advanced open Coastal ACA instructor.
  • Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson at Kayak Ways teach skin on frame kayak building and Greenland rolling and strokes.


  • SSTIKS is a traditional paddling gathering in June at Twanoh State Park , Washington. Includes instruction at all levels, games, food, kayak building, paddle carving in a family friendly venue.
  • Delmarva Paddlers’ Retreat is traditional skills oriented paddlers’ gathering in Delaware. Since 1988.
  • Qajaq Training Camp is traditional paddler’s weekend of classeson the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • HRGF the Hudson River Greenland Festival, is  at Croton Point Park on the Hudson River,  New York State.

Weather and Tide Links

Skills Organizations