Contingency Research Platform / Knowledge go to construction page

Local contingencies 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.

In a post-industrial, post-bureacratic world sealskin and driftwood are not the most appropriate materials... What are?

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 eqipment for use with the finished kayak, see HydroHacks and Kilnertography.




Knowledge Resources



A construction diary




Sea Kayak plans




Sea Kayak Construction




Free skin-on-frame plans