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SPI601: SOF Kayak Workshop - Pre-enrollment for Current Members

Enrollment ends 01/6/14. The course of workshops begins January 6th!



Chuck Smith is a kayak enthusiast, TechShop member, and DIY superhero. Join him and his team to build your own Greenland Skin-on-Frame (SOF) Kayak! (Is it possible to predict a life-changing experience? Even if not, we think this will certainly be a milestone in your career as a maker.)

Technique workshops will take place on Monday evenings, schedule to be announced. Informal build sessions will take place every Wednesday. Come into TechShop any time we're open to do your "homework" in a great community of shop members!

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We're offering a bundle of all the necessary kayak-building workshops at a great pre-enrollment price! Translate your enthusiasm and elbow grease into a beautiful kayak and a community of friends.

The pre-enrollment package for current TechShop members includes the following classes*:

Basic Wood Shop SBU** - Mortise machine, wood steamer - SOF design, layout - Making/fitting deck beams, end plates - Rib/combing preparation, measuring, bending - Chine, keelson, lashing - Skinning, sewing, cockpit lashing

Total cost: $665

- When you combine this with all three material packs, it comes to $1257.50 -

Material Packages - Order to complete your build


Purchase the Kayak Lumber Package Here - To ensure material quality, order deadline is December 30

Purchase the Kayak Skinning Package Here

Purchase the Kayak Float Bag Package Here

* This project runs through March 2014. A current membership is required to use the shop tools and resources during this time.

** Purchasing this package includes a Choice Class voucher, good toward the required Wood Shop SBU or any other eligible TechShop class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop - Pre-enrollment for Current Members Monday, 1/5/15 6:30 PM 0.0 Hour 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $665.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $780.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI602: SOF Kayak Workshop - Pre-enrollment for NEW Members

Enrollment ends 01/6/14. The course of workshops begins January 6th!



Chuck Smith is a kayak enthusiast, TechShop member, and DIY superhero. Join him and his team to build your own Greenland Skin-on-Frame (SOF) Kayak! (Is it possible to predict a life-changing experience? Even if not, we think this will certainly be a milestone in your career as a maker.)

Technique workshops will take place on Monday evenings, schedule to be announced. Informal build sessions will take place every Wednesday. Come into TechShop any time we're open to do your "homework" in a great community of shop members!

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We're offering a bundle of all the necessary kayak-building workshops at a great pre-enrollment price! Here, we're adding on 3 months of membership to help new members dive right into this great making opportunity. Translate your enthusiasm and elbow grease into a beautiful kayak and a community of friends.

The pre-enrollment package for current TechShop members includes the following classes*:

Basic Woodshop SBU** - Mortise machine, wood steamer - SOF design, layout - Making/fitting deck beams, end plates - Rib/combing preparation, measuring, bending - Chine, keelson, lashing - Skinning, sewing, cockpit lashing - 3 Month membership package to complete the build

Total cost: $650 (Save $170)

- When you combine this with all 3 material packs, it comes to $1,135 -

Material Packages - Order to complete your build


Purchase the Kayak Lumber Package Here - To ensure material quality, order deadline is December 30

Purchase the Kayak Skinning Package Here

Purchase the Kayak Float Bag Package Here

* This project runs through March 2014. A current membership is required to use the shop tools and resources during this time.

** Purchasing this package includes a Choice Class voucher, good toward the required Wood Shop SBU or any other eligible TechShop class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop - Pre-enrollment for NEW Members Monday, 1/5/15 6:30 PM 0.0 Hour 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $865.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $1,030.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI603: SOF Kayak Workshop - Lumber Package

Lumber Packages available until 12/30


This Lumber Package includes carefully-chosen pieces of cedar, oak, ash and other materials to give you a great finished product. Chosen with a trained eye, you can't beat this package for cost or convenience.

This package is optional for those who want to source their own kayak lumber material.

Package includes material for sinew - gunwales - chines - keelson - deck beams - deck stringer.

NOTE: Additional materials (custom wood sizes, sewing materials, glues) are needed to complete the build. Students may need to purchase these on their own.

1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop - Lumber Package Wednesday, 12/24/14 6:30 PM 0.0 Hour 15 SEATS TOTAL
15 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $275.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $375.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI604: SOF Kayak Workshop - Skinning Package

Skinning Packages available until 02/10


This Skinning Package includes the materials you need to add a water-proof skin to your kayak. Chuck is offering the same materials he uses to skin his kayaks.

This package is optional for those who want to source their own kayak skinning material.

Package includes: 12 oz. ballistic nylon - 2 quarts varnish

NOTE: Additional materials (custom wood sizes, sewing materials, glues) are needed to complete the build. Students may need to purchase these on their own.

1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop - Skinning Package Thursday, 2/5/15 6:30 PM 0.0 Hour 15 SEATS TOTAL
15 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $227.50, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $285.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI605: SOF Kayak Workshop - Float Bag Package

Float Bag Package available until 02/10.


This Float Bag Package includes the materials to make float bags for your SOF kayak. These are necessary components to make your kayak functional and safe in the water. This is a kit of materials Chuck uses for his own kayaks.

This package is optional for those who want to source their own kayak float bag material.

Package includes: Heat seal nylon - tubing - 2 valves

Available for sale until February.

NOTE: Additional materials (custom wood sizes, sewing materials, glues) are needed to complete the build. Students may need to purchase these on their own.

1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop - Float Bag Package Thursday, 2/5/15 6:30 PM 0.0 Hour 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI606: SOF Kayak - The Whole Shebang

Everything, everything, everything for the SOF workshop. Classes, lumber, skin and float bag packages. All classes and kayak materials for $1200.00!

1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak - The Whole Shebang Monday, 1/5/15 6:30 PM 0.0 Hour 7 SEATS TOTAL
7 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $1,200.00, No Materials Fee
   
SPI607: SOF Kayak - The Whole Shebang + 3 Month Membership

Everything, everything, everything for the SOF workshop and save on 3 months of shop access during the build. Classes, lumber, skin and float bag packages PLUS 3 months of membership. Get all you need for $1135!

1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak - The Whole Shebang + 3 Month Membership Monday, 1/5/15 6:30 PM 1.0 Hour 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $1,400.00, No Materials Fee
   
SPI608: SOF Kayak Workshop 1 : Introductions

Workshop 1 : Introduction to the Skin on Frame Kayak Build

MANDATORY to complete the build



Introductions

How to hold a successful group build

Tools and tool policies

Safety

Introduction to power tools and hand tools

Frame lumber packages

1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop 1 : Introductions Monday, 1/5/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI609: SOF Kayak Workshop 2 : Design & Layout

“You can build anything from a very stable fishing platform to a super high performance sea kayak”



  • How to design your boat to suit your intended use & skill level


  • Designing and templates


  • Measuring, marking, and making GUNWALES and TRUNNELS






1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop 2 : Design & Layout Monday, 1/12/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI610: SOF Kayak Workshop 3 : Mortise Machine, Steamer

“How to drill square holes and bend wood”

MANDATORY to complete the build



  • How to set up and use the MORTISE machine


  • WOOD STEAMER set up, care, & feeding


  • Preparing GUNWALES


  • Making RIBS


  • Troubleshooting






1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop 3 : Mortise Machine, Steamer Monday, 1/19/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI611: SOF Kayak Workshop 4 : Making and Fitting Deck Beams and End Plates

“How the boat structures affect boat handling”



  • How to layout, cut, and install DECK BEAMS


  • Designing, cutting, and installing END PLATES






1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop 4 : Making and Fitting Deck Beams and End Plates Monday, 1/26/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI612: SOF Kayak Workshop 5 : Rib/Coaming Prep. & Bending



  • How to measure, prep, bend, and install the RIBS


  • How to measure, prep, and bend the COAMING






1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop 5 : Rib/Coaming Prep. & Bending Monday, 2/2/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI613: SOF Kayak Workshop 6 : Chine/Keelson/Lashing



  • How to make, position, and install the CHINES and KEELSON


  • LASHING techniques




1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop 6 : Chine/Keelson/Lashing Monday, 2/9/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
SPI614: SOF Kayak Workshop 7 : Skinning and Sewing, Installing the Cockpit, Varnishing



  • How to stretch, hold, sew the SKIN and COAMING


  • How to color and apply VARNISH






1 session currently scheduled:
    SOF Kayak Workshop 7 : Skinning and Sewing, Installing the Cockpit, Varnishing Monday, 2/16/15 6:30 AM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.