I haven't built anything yet, but have been kicking the idea around for several years now. I've done a lot of looking, reading, watching and such. I understand that the "traditional" hull wood is red cedar. I tend to not follow tradition. I have the opportunity to fell and mill some black walnut and should be able to get some long, straight 8/4 planks. Reading the bark, I have strong hopes that they should yield some long clear grain sections that could be used in a kayak. As well as a few sections that will likely have some curl. I understand that it will be heavier than a cedar strip build but I am interested in trying it
Thoughts on building a strip kayak out of walnut? How will the additional weight effect handling? Will the walnut still be flexible enough to handle the strain of use in rough water?