Davids' Greenland foot pedals
Check out this awesome invention. David Lustgarten
decided he needed more foot support for his 1935 Sisimuit Replica
Qajaq. So he invented these totally ingenious foot pedals.
In his own words:
I thought about a lot of ways to make the bracing; bolting to the gunwales,
a rod across like a closet rod, etc. Instead, of course, I chose the most
complex!! I built adjustable sliding pedals. Initially they included a
sliding wire to lock them to the chassis, but the rod got in the way of the
ribs; I would have had to embed them, and I had already routed the tracks so
it would have gotten to thin down the middle of the chassis.
The hooks hold ribs. After these photos I shaped the pedals to get more
pressure near the top, so most of the pressure is against the ribs exactly
where they mortise to the gunwales. I was also careful to trim away where
the lacing is; the hooks and chassis are shaped to avoid rubbing the lacing.
They work great. I drilled a bunch of hole to make them lighter. Here are
some pics. You'll be proud to know that I used scrap wood; we had some BC
fir from a renovation in which we had to match some molding. Mostly planed,
with only minor rasping. No sandpaper; I promise!
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