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Driftwood on the Bering Sea beach near Hooper Bay. Most of the
wood used for kayak construction is black spruce. Large trees are
uprooted and fall into the Yukon River, make their way to the
Bering Sea and are deposited on the beaches periodically.
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Dick Bunyan adzing a deck beam from a
driftwood root. The
natural curve of the root gives the finished product great strength.
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Dick Bunyan, left, supervises the splitting of a large log for kayak parts.
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Dick Bunyan splitting a log for kayak parts. The outer section
being split off will not be used. The boardwalk in front of Dick s
house is used during the muddy spring thaw which makes walking
through town otherwise impossible.
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Dick Bunyan fitting forward gunwale ends together.
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Dick Bunyan bending a
kayak rib without steaming it. His teeth act
as a clamp to prevent the outer fibers from splitting while crushing the inboard ones to facilitate bending.
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Aloysius Hale sights down the keelson to make sure it is straight before inserting the first rib.
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Dick Bunyan watching Aloysius Hale fit the crucial first rib
in the kayak.
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Upper and lower bow pieces faired and tied together. The ends of the stringers fit snugly against the concave portion of the lower bow block to prevent chafe against the cover.
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Pulling the stringers down to final placement. The ties
around the hull are temporary.
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Aloysius Hale putting hot water on the outer cockpit coaming rim
to bend it.
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The cockpit coaming is temporarily tied to the frame in order to fit the
cockpit /gunwale stanchions.
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The completed kayak frame just after being removed through a window in Dick Bunyan’s house.
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Aloysius Hale's canvas-covered kayak on the Bering Sea
ice preparatory to seal hunting. Note the kayak sled used to haul
it over the ice. In the water the sled is attached to the after
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Wilfred Bunyan, Dick Bunyan's son, and Aloysius Hale
sighting for seals at the floe edge. The kayak on its sled was
attached to the sled behind Wilfred which was towed by a
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Author David Zimmerly and Aloysius Hale relax after lunch while seal hunting.
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Hooper Bay hunters sighting for seals at the floe edge, rifles
and kayak at the ready.
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Cockpit of Silas Tomaganak's kayak. Note salt-grass mat, hook
for towing seals and sled on after-deck.
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Silas Tomaganak with spotted seal just towed in by kayak.
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Author's reconstruction of Hooper Bay kayak after
being covered with canvas and painted with typical water monster design.
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