Hi! I'm Emily. Originally from Iowa, currently a grad student in Biology in central Illinois. I've been interested in building a kayak for several years now. This summer I will be doing split time between Illinois and home... where my dad has a shop and at one time expressed an interest in building a strip-built canoe. I'm hoping I can talk him into doing a joint project together, either him building a canoe and me building a kayak, or both working on my kayak. I have a good idea what I am looking for in a design and have even tried creating some designs myself (and I've even got 1:12 and 1:48 paper models made up of one of those designs) but haven't decided how I'm going to build it. stitch and glue designs are the current frontrunner. I'm also interested in local paddle events, if anyone is in central Illinois and can point me in a good direction. Thanks!