Tom Huang – Studio Projects


Carbon Fiber and Epoxy
October 9, 2009, 1:59 pm
Filed under: Bamboo Canoe

The next step in the process is to sheath the hull in fiberglass.  I’ve added a bottom plate of carbon fiber which will add rigidity and abrasion resistance to the bottom of the boat.  It was also an aesthetic decision.

The process of mixing and applying epoxy resin is a bit tricky and I have to thank my fellow Fellows – Reed Hansuld, Tyler Killian, and Vince Scully for their help. Without them, I would have struggled to mix epoxy, apply epoxy, and document the process all at the same time.

Draped, masked, and ready for the carbon fiber bottom plate

Draped, masked, and ready for the carbon fiber bottom plate

First coat of Epoxy

First coat of epoxy

Draped in fibreglass

Draped in fiber glass

Wetting out the fibreglass with epoxy

Wetting out the fiberglass with epoxy

Glassed and glossy

Glassed and glossy

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The canoe is really looking great. Wetting out the epoxy really makes the bamboo “pop”.

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