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determine available resources and resilient and adaptable
responses to uncertain changing environments.
Sea kayaks are
based upon traditional Arctic designs. Both the Aleutian
baidarka and the Inuit qayaq
(also spelt qajaq) were traditionally made using a 'skin
on frame' method with very local resources and ingenious
tooling. Materials included seal skin driftwood, bone, antler
or traded timber. The 'ribs' were hand bent, using a pot
of hot water.
This film shows
a project that maintains such skills and resilience, here
in an Inuit communitity:
The use of locally
appropriate materials, open and shared skillset and ingenious
tooling can be translated to other locations to explore
resilient and ecological access to marine environments.
Such vessels can then be used to deploy research equipment.
a post-industrial, post-bureacratic world sealskin
and driftwood are not the most appropriate materials...
In this project,
I have collected and used open web resources, and discarded
office detritus to construct a sea kayak suitable for research
around Cornwall. See construction.
for use with the finished kayak, see HydroHacks