Build a Kayak

  • Monday, August 15, 2022
  • Sunday, August 28, 2022
  • 9 sessions
  • Monday, August 15, 2022, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, August 19, 2022, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, August 20, 2022, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, August 21, 2022, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, August 28, 2022, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: Wo081522++
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  • $975 + $1,638 materials fee
  • $975 + $200 + $1,638 materials fee
  • $750 + $1,638 materials fee
  • $750 + $200 + $1,638 materials fee

    Registration will close on JUNE 15th at 5:00 pm.

Registration is closed
This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.

Build your own sea kayak, using well-tested plans and kits from Chesapeake Light Craft. You can choose one of four Shearwater models — the 14-, 16- or 17-foot boats or the Sport model.

Over the first week, you will use the stitch-and-glue technique to assemble the hull and deck, and finish the boat inside and out with fiberglass and epoxy resin. You will then have almost a week to finish sanding and apply multiple coats of marine paint or marine varnish, depending on the look you want. You can do this at BARN or at your home, on your own schedule. This class will be taught partly in the main woodworking studio and partly under canopies behind the building.

On the final weekend of this class, you will install hardware and the seat — and maybe go out with your classmates on an inaugural trip.

At the completion of the class, you can expect to take home a sea kayak that will give you years of pleasure as you explore the waters around Bainbridge Island and beyond.

Want to learn more about what's involved in building one of these boat? Email your questions to Wayne Chang. Or drop by the Woodworking Studio during May, when the instructors will be building a Shearwater 14.,

Special details:

  • To ensure that kits arrive in time, registration for this class will close on June 15. Refunds or credits will not be issued after this date.
  • Team or solo? You have the option of signing up to build a boat on your own (Solo Build). Or you can sign up with a teammate and together build one boat (Team Build). For a TEAM build please include both names, with the second name in parenthesis.  All reminders will be sent to the email address you use to register.
  • Choose your model. When you register, you will be asked to choose a model. You have your choice of the Shearwater 14-, 16- or 17-foot models or the Shearwater Sport. (The "hybrid" models are not an option for this class.) Please review Chesapeake Light Craft's kayak fit table, which shows cockpit dimensions, shoe sizes, and other details, so that you select the best boat for you. Light-touring kayaks are more streamlined and nimble than standard kayaks but still have enough cargo space for backpacking-type gear if you want to head out for a few days.
  • Materials fee. This fee covers kits and all supplies, such as gloves and epoxy applicators. The fee includes estimated shipping costs. But because those are rising rapidly, there may be an additional charge. If that is necessary, you will be notified and can then decide whether to proceed or get a full refund. The materials fee does not include marine varnish or paint, which might add $50-$100 depending on what you choose. Suitable options will be discussed in the class.


  • Participants must be 14 or older. Some woodworking experience is helpful as this is a fast-paced class.
  • Prerequisite: Before this class begins, you must have completed Orientation to the Woodshop. Multiple sessions of this free, one-hour class are listed on the Woodworking Calendar.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes. Please bring your own safety glasses.

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for this class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructors: Wayne Chang and Giovanni Strohmenger, both active members of the BARN Woodworking Studio have each built several similar kayaks.

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