Kayaks of Alaska is Harvey Golden's latest monumental work, giving you the history and development of these kayaks... as well as Harvey's hands-on experiences, as he has built and used seventeen replicas.
This thorough, remarkable book includes 24 color plates, and is heavily illustrated with historic images, diagrams, sketches (649 figures), and 76 scale drawings of kayaks, and 91 scale drawings of paddles in museums and private collections.
by Harvey Golden
560 pp., softcover
8-1/2" x 11" x 1-3/8"
The author presents an exhaustive study of the history, construction and use of kayaks by early native Alaskan people. There are detailed scale drawings of construction methods. The design and development of various types of paddles gets its own section. I found the history of Russian conquest and enslavement of the natives to hunt sea otters extremely interesting. There is a lot of mind-numbing detail in the drawings but for someone truly interested in these boats it is well worth the time.
This book is outstanding and recommended for anyone interested in kayaks or First Nation technology. It is indispensable for those wishing to build a skin-on-frame vessel.
The illustrations and drawings are excellent.