Detailed Description:

The idea that form follows function is easy to understand, but often leads us to shapes that only the hopelessly addicted could find appealing. Now consider a watercraft that can cover great distances with minimum effort, is stealthy, almost unsinkable and made from materials that can be easily writhed from the countryside. The kayak is one of our most beautiful creations and one that has almost certainly been around for many many thousands of years.

Today most kayaks are made with modern materials and methods. They are superb craft, and have a one size fits all off the shelf availability with ‘tuneable’ cockpits, quite fantastic. Alas they also have a limited optimum performance lifetime. At Timeless Journey®, you can build your kayak using a practical blend of ancient and modern, and the skills will never go out of style or require an enforced update.

With blunt practicality your body shape will dictate the dimensions of your kayak, and lead you on a voyage of discovery that will radiate a wonder, and profound pleasure as your creation takes form. You will be able to understand something about life in another time and place that has been and is denied most people.

As the beauty of your work grows, and takes on a character that is you in boat form, you will feel a pride in a sense of completeness you didn’t even know you were missing. The skills you will learn will never lose their applicability should your body shape or purpose change. You can make a kayak to accommodate them. This will be your boat, tailored and crafted by you, for you,  The technology is as ancient as you want to imagine it possibe.

So, a reasonably eco-friendly, ancient evolution, hand crafted to fit your shape and goals; or an off the shelf, time limited, heavy footprint, modern adaption that at some time 100% will need to be replaced with another big footprint?

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Mapping out your boat with your body.
  • Selecting the Wood
  • Lashing with Artificial Sinew
  • Building a Frame
  • Steam Bending Ribs
  • Cockpit Coaming
  • Sewing the Frame Covering
  • Waterproofing the Membrane
  • Carving a Paddle

Prerequisite: None

Age Requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years of age to attend this course unaccompanied.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • This course is not suitable for young people under the age of twelve.
  • Each place booked is for one boat only. However, individuals, couples or small groups of three may work together on a boat. If you are planning to enroll as a team, please contact the Head Office so we can send you an appropriate booking package.


During the day, we will provide fresh fruit, cookies, drinking water, tea and coffee.

Participants must bring their own bag lunch and any personal snacks. We will take two, 15 minute Coffee Breaks and one, 30 minute Lunch Break during the course of the day. Please plan ahead and arrive fully prepared, as the nearest stores may not be attainable.


You are welcome to make or buy your own gear. Although we would like to encourage you to be as self-reliant as possible, all gear used by students in the course must meet the safety standards of the Quartermaster. In some cases, it may be wise to contact the Quartermaster if you have any questions or doubts about gear crafting projects you would like to undertake in preparation or if you would like to make substitutions to the items listed on the Skin on Frame Kayak Workshop Kit List.

Course Schedules and Specifications:

The Skin on Frame Kayak course is offered several times a year, in different conditions, seasons and locations in Canada. Check the list below and read the specifications carefully to make sure that you are signing up for the right course.

Dates and Details copy

SOFK 09/03/19 • Skin on Frame Kayak (8 Days, 7 Nights) • Timeless Journey Boat Building Workshop • $1950.00

Course Dates: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 to Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • Start Time: 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • End Time: 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 20, at 6:00 pm

Location: Timeless Journey Boat Building Workshop


  • Bushcraft Instructor: Leo Stephens
  • Assistant Bushcraft Instructor:

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