I first started paddling kayaks in the late 1990’s when I joined several friends for a week-long excursion on the coast of Alaska.
I met my wife in 1999, and shortly thereafter, we took up paddling as a hobby. Around the same time, my brother had built a couple of wooden kayaks, and instead of springing for a second fiberglass kayak to go along with my wife’s kayak, I borrowed one of his.
After paddling his wooden kayak several times, I realized that wood kayaks are far superior to those constructed from just about any other material in terms of weight (much lighter), efficiency through the water, handling characteristics, and durability.
I decided to build my own in 2002, and since then I have constructed 9 kayaks and one wherry boat. I am a certified builder of Pygmy Boats wooden kayaks.
I build a variety of wooden kayaks and boats to suit just about every type of paddling option. These include recreational, sport, double and triple kayaks, surf and rolling kayaks, and large, open-cockpit kayaks for paddling with dogs.
Do you own a wooden kayak in need of a facelift or overhaul? I can repair just about any damage to a kayak, and also refinish neglected ones to like-new condition. Please see an example of a repair/refinish job on a wooden kayak on my Repair/Refinish page.