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assembling the hull 09

Underneath the kayak's deck, running along the tops of both side panels, are long lengths of wood known as 'sheer clamps' made from cedar, a very hard wood with elastic tensile properties. It is not possible to obtain single pieces of dressed cedar wood for sheer clamps that are fifteen feet in length, so I make them up using smaller pieces that are glued together using what are called 'scarf joints' that are as strong as the wood itself. There are two sheer clamps in a kayak, and they are constructed together as a mirrored pair.