The kayak building continues…

Last Monday our 7th-9th grade GATE students from Española returned to NMWC to work more on their kayaks. We worked really hard, and made lots of progress. I’ll let the photos tell the story!

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Sanding the frames
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For the bow and stern, we used more powerful sanding methods.

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We got to try them on for size for the first time!
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Painting the seats with exterior enamel
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Painting the frames with exterior enamel.

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It turns out that painting is pretty fun!

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After a lunch break, the frames were dry, and we began cutting the canvas that will cover the kayaks.

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Unrolling the canvas
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Carefully measuring the canvas
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Measure twice, cut once

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Then we carefully fit the canvas to the kayak frame and began stapling it down.

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Covering the kayak with canvas

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Stapling the canvas to the frame

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Doing some detailed fitting at the bow and stern
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It takes a team!

We made great progress this week, and I think everybody was especially excited because they really are starting to look like kayaks!

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Smiles all around!

We’ll be exploring the lakes of northern New Mexico in just a few short months!

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