HOWB 054 – Interview: Freya Fennwood; wooden boat builder and kayaker, outdoor adventurer

by admin on September 27, 2012



Today’s interview is with kayaker and boatbuilder Freya Fennwood.  Freya grew up in Port Townsend and was hanging out at her dad’s boat shop (Pygmy Boats) from the tender young age of zero (wow!).  At 18 months she recalls falling asleep between her dads legs while he was paddling the family kayak.  At age 12, Freya had her own kayak and was doing multiweek outings with her dad in wilderness areas of Canada and the US.  Freya is an avid paddler these days, and has recently added the Greenland Roll to her kayaking repertoire.

Freya has a degree in professional photography from Colorado Mountain College and is a professional videographer and photographer.  You can find out more about her business at   If you want some great pics or video contact Freya.   Her work is incredible!

Press on the green player button above to listen to the complete interview with Freya.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):

Freya at the shop


Thanks Freya for taking the time.  I look forward to seeing you in Port Townsend soon!


WOODEN BOAT TIP OF THE WEEK  –  #6. First Time Builders – Think Big and Start Small!
If you are getting ready to build your first wooden boat, consider starting with a small boat such as a 8′- 12′ rowboat, or a 12′ – 16′ kayak or canoe.  Going small makes sense because:

  1. It costs less, period!  Plus if you mess up and have to buy additional material, it’s not such a big deal.
  2. It takes less time to build.  Generally speaking a simply designed small boat will take 40 – 100 hours to build.  You can probably accomplish this on weekends and evenings (if you have a day job) and get the project done within 3 – 12 months.  This means the positive reinforcement and gratification of completion is just around the corner!
  3. The finished boat can likely be stored in your garage or apartment, and transported on top of your car.  This is called Keeping It Simple!
  4. The hassle of trailers, boat ramps, and moorage goes away, and you are more likely to get out on the water with a small boat .  And that is the purpose – to use that beautiful piece of artwork you built.
Next, consider buying a boat kit:
  1. The kit comes with 90% of the materials you will need to build the boat including the wood, epoxy, fiberglass cloth, copper wire, etc..  You don’t have to think about where to get the supplies and what quality of material to purchase.
  2. The boat parts are precut – and this saves a lot of time (approximately 10-20 hours for a small boat).  The parts are typically cut by computer controlled machines so the shapes and sizes are super accurate.
  3. You can call the kit manufacture for technical support WHEN you have questions.  And YOU WILL have questions.
  4. Kits are typically only slightly more expensive than buying all the material yourself.
  5. Kits come with a detailed step by step manual THAT YOU WILL NEED.


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