Sunday, April 05, 2009
"Ballistic Nylon, SOF"
At the kayaking exhibit in The Rooms Museum in St. John's NL, one of our club members had his SOF on display. It is made of ballistic nylon and stitched together over a wooden frame whose pieces are tied together. It is a very solid looking structure and didn't require the wife to chew any materials or skins for pliability like in seal skinned kayaks of Greenland origin.
The first lecture was by Kevin McAleese, curator of Archaeology and Ethnology on Ancient Craft that gave us a look at these ingenious skinned boats and the Inuit who invented them. I found the lecture very interesting and learned a bit more about the ancestry of the boats we paddle today. It was cool to look upon an old photo from the late 1800's of about 30 sealed skinned boats all rafted together knowing that each of them at some point served as a unique hunting vessel.