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Album: Jaganda (Graupner) South American River Raft.

I decided to build this kit because it makes a great family project for any budding shipwright. It requires only a carving knife (no.11 blade), sandpaper, a 4mm dia. Drill, some dowels and balsa wood. It makes a perfect weekend project for father & son or mother & daughter. It’s a discontinued kit but I’m including all the specs and diagrams should anyone wish to build one.

I took the liberty of cleaning up the original translation a bit. Here is the history of the Jaganda:

The Jaganda is a South American river raft which has been used for centuries by the natives of Brazil. Its construction has remained virtually unchanged since the Portuguese conquered the territory.

These rafts are constructed very simply without nails, screws or glue. Only a hatchet and a hot iron are needed to shape and join the pine logs. These logs are joined together by using a hot iron to burn out connecting holes which are then filled with hard wood dowels. Before joining the hand hewn pine logs a slot is carefully carved out of the two center logs for the Sword. All reinforcements such as the bridge, mast yoke and rudder are also doweled to the trunks. The floor planks are connected with ropes and not given any further treatment to avoid creating a slippery surface. The Anchor is a simple stone and the original wicker sail is now made of canvas. The “Jaganderos” never used glue or paint; the wood darkens with exposure to the elements. Small Jagandas are constructed of four logs while the larger versions are made of six.

Shown above: the kit, instructions and materials list.