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Filter nr 31

Filter: nya numret ute

A new issue of the Swedish magazine Filter has just arrived, as usual filled with interesting articles and nice layout. This time the content headlines on the cover contains "Träkajaker" (wooden kayaks) – already noted on the Swedish outdoor forum Utsidan ;-)

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by journalist Anna Teresia Berg for a short article (one text and one photo page) about my kayaks: why, how, who etc. At the same time photographer Daniel Nilsson paid a visit and directed a couple of superb photos with kayak building in my basement shop. A pale winter sun through a dusty basement window provided a soft and quite flattering light, which he used cleverly. Nice work!

Unfortunately the magazine and the forum is in Swedish only...

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Shanghai 2013

Two new kayaks

A line of news kayaks/surfskis is slowly evolving in the shop and on the computer, and since there were some new features conferring with the craftsmen in China was needed. It was for a number of reasons a very short trip, but the wooden plugs looked fine and some small issues were ironed out before growing into problems.

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Ovanligt hårt vatten...

Vikhög 130316

Hård skorpa på vattnet så här långt in på året hör inte till vanligheterna i mina trakter, framför allt inte som det var helt öppet för några veckor sedan! För några år sedan hade jag nog av ren envishet dragit mig ut med isdubbar och plumsat i ute vid iskanten, men nu det får nog vara tills isen går. Jag har nog gått och blivit lite bekväm ;-)

Och nu varnar SMHI för snöstorm över sydvästra Skåne i början på veckan, med stormvindar på 20 m/s och i värsta fall 30 cm snö. Den globala uppvärmingen manifesterar sig på lite underliga sätt.

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Vikingarnas solsten

I en tidigare notis skrev jag om vikingarnas förmodade och omdiskuterade solsten – ett formidabelt navigationsredskap som hjälpte dem att hitta vägen över stora vatten till Island, Grönland och Vinland.

Solstenen finns omnämnd på några ställen i isländska urkunder. Kung Olav Haraldsson i Norge fick under en resa se hur Rauðúlf, kunde bekräfta sin son Sigurðurs gissing om solens läge under ett snöoväder genom att med en solsten påvisa solstrålningen. Solstenar finns också omnämnda i Hrafns saga Sveinbjarnarsonar och i inventarietexter från medeltida kyrkor och kloster. Berättelser om solstenen hamnade också i de olika versionerna av Olaf den heliges saga i Snorri Sturlassons Heimskringla.

Att historierna kan ha varit sanna är det ingen som betvivlar. Flera kända mineraler kan användas på det beskrivna sättet: bland andra kalkspat, turmelin och cordierit – mineraler som finns på Island och längs Norges västkust. Men eftersom inga fynd gjorts vid utgrävninga av skepp finns många som tvivlar.

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Kavat – Bjørn Arild Hauglin

Kavat –  Bjørn Arild Hauglin

"Hei Bjørn.

Nå er den ferdig bygget og prøvet i basseng. Det virker veldig bra til nå, og den virker utrolig stødig.

Det lyse trevirket er gran, og det mørke er jeg ikke sikker på hva er. Det kommer fra palle kasser som vi får ved i på jobben. Det har vært et artig prosjekt, og det blir nok et nytt prosjekt om ikke så lenge.

Har brukt akkurat et år på byggingen. Vekten endte på 20,2 kilo, har nok vært litt raus med epoxyen.

Gleder meg til våren og kunne prøve den i sjøen.

Legger også med en link til min facebook side, der hele byggeprosessen er beskrevet."

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Nordic Kayaks på Vildmarksmässan

Nya surfski från Nordic Kayaks

På Vildmarksmässan som är öppen till och med i morgon, visar Nordic Kayaks modellerna för 2013. Överst Rapido 2.0, i mitten Nitro och underst den senaste: Breeze. Mer på Nordics sajt.

(Bilden från Havspaddling)

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Sport 395 – Hans-Kristian Greaker

Sport 395 – Hans-Kristian Greaker

"Hei!

Resultatet av forrige vinters arbeid. Den er bygget i kanadisk ceder og ask. Jeg er ganske tilfreds.

Den er forlenget 40 cm. i forhold til tegning. Den er meget retningsstabil, lett å padle. (har trukket ytterstevnene noe lenger innover bunnen) Når jeg er ensam må jeg ha 60 kg. ballast forut. Vekten er ca. 23 kg.

Mvh."

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