Man Thought of His Kayak
Irene Avaalaaqjaq 1976 *

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East Arctic 
Ontario Science Center
Toronto, ON

 
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The B&W 8x10 photos are courtesy of Ontario Science Center, 1976.  These East Arctic kayaks were built for  demonstrations during the summer,  with  various northern Quebec Inuit settlements participating.
Bottom showing keelson, bilge stringers and seat stringers Starboard side of cockpit Leveraging up the keelson to insert  a new rib

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Seat battens Placing the seal skins on the framework. Women sewing seal skins

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Women Sewing the Kayak Cover
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The framework - gunwale, ribs &
stringers
Carving a paddle Finished kayak frame & paddle

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Basting stitch on the cover First cut on a seal with an ulu Cut with an ulu

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Preparing to de-hair the seal skin

Cleaning the fat & flesh off Cleaning the fat & flesh off

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Cleaning the hair off Sewing the skins together Sewing the skins together

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Sewing the skins  A finished East Arctic kayak One skin is de-haired with the outer epidermis still intact

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Trimming the skin Tightening the basting stitch A finished East Arctic framework

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Finished Frame
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Tightening the basting stitch The cover is first put over the bottom.  Two skins  are minus the outer epidermis. Fitting a rib

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Fitting a rib

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