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Aleut Ikyak (Baidarka) Building Workshop begins Saturday

September 20, 2011

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Aleut Ikyak  (Baidarka) Building Workshop
Instructor: Corey Freedman
Date: September 24 – October 2
Time: 9 am – 5 pm (Saturday – Sunday)
Cost: $1,200 members / $1,400 non-members

The Aleut Ikyak, also widely known as the Baidarka, has been used for thousands of years as the primary method of transportation in the Aleutian Islands. It is the acme of Arctic Native design. Build your own boat, designed to fit your skill level and body type, under the guidance of one of the leading authorities in the revival of this lost art. Use authentic native methods and designs documented in historic writings and studies of museum specimens. The boats are built primarily of yellow and red cedar with all joinery pegged and lashed – no metal fastenings or glues. You do not need woodworking experience; just come equipped with enthusiasm!

Contact CWB for more information or to sign up! (206)382-2628 or

Visit the CWB website to learn more about our skills workshops and classes.


This workshop will coincide with Moving Planet: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels. As part of this international event, CWB is opening up the first day of this workshop to the general public. Come hear Corey Freedman give a free lecture on this traditional kayak’s history, form and function. Students will test paddle different Baidarkas and discuss each individual boat’s design.

Saturday, September 24, from 9am to 12 noon at CWB. FREE!

Learn more about Moving Planet Seattle on their website.


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