On our way through from Minnesota, we stopped and visited Bob Ramsay in Strathroy, Ontario. His canoe that he made for us in 2000 is one of the ones we brought.
This is the other canoe we brought ~ "The Button". It is one of Tom MacKenzie's of Loonworks. We really missed you Tom and Karen!
Walter Walker gave a wonderful talk about his involvement with canoe building through the many years. Afterwards, he was very kind and answered lots of questions or just talked to folks. Thanks Walter!
Professor of History, Trent University, and author of The
Canoe; A Living Tradition and Bark Canoes: The Art and
Obsession of Tappan Adney introduced Walter to the group. John also brought a canoe that Walter had made for John back in the later 70's (did I get that right, John?) ~ gorgeous!
On Thursday morning, Kevin Callan led a group of us on the Indian River up to the Warsaw Caves. A fun, quiet river with great birding! We put in at Warsaw, about a 15 minute drive northeast of the campus. Kevin was leaving the next day on a 12 day trip with his wife, young daughter and dog (who sadly has recently become deaf, hope that is going okay, Kevin?)
Here we have paddled the Indian River to its navigable end. Kevin was telling us how the river travels through the rocks. He also told us about some of his other favorite, nearby paddling day outings.
This is Dave's Chestnut canoe. It is one of 5 that he bought awhile ago ~ he gave away 4 of them as prizes to his best boiler customers. If you bought 25 boilers, you too, could have had one of these! He is recently retired and enjoying his canoeing and his Porsche. Ask him about how he got the scar on his leg ~ haha (something about nooky in a canoe and a Grumman thwart.
On Thursday night, Janet Isabelle made some announcements about a project she is working on.
Janet, I just had to include this fun photo : )
Kirk Wipper, founder of the Canadian Canoe Museum gave a wonderful talk about how he started the museum. Their website is www.canoemuseum.net. The museum allowed WCHA members a backdoor visit to the collection as well as allowing us free entrance into the exhibits during the Assembly. I would encourage all to make a donation to this amazing organization.
James Raffan, executive director of the Canadian Canoe Museum, presented a paddle to Rob Stevens. This is a CCM project to have numbered paddles be relayed to make journeys world wide. To read updates about the paddles go to www.nationalcanoeday.net
Okay, so James has known Kirk since James attended Kirk's Camp Kandalore when he was young. Well, James reminisced about the time Kirk, as camp director, was returning lost & found items to the campers. And Kirk in front of the whole camp asked, "Who's underwear is this? The name on it says James. James Raffan, would you please come up and get your underwear! And please do not leave your stuff laying around"
Well, I guess James was deeply affected by that event and sought revenge. James proceeded to pull out an item that he had found laying around at the museum. "Hmm, let's see who has been leaving their stuff laying around?", says James.
"Would the owner of this hat like to claim his stuff that he left laying around? Let's see, it says Kirk on it."
"Kirk, would you please come up and get your hat and please, do not leave your stuff laying around at the museum!"
That was so funny!
Kirk and his wife, Ann were kind enough to have their picture with me. It was great to see you both.
Pam Wedd, of Bearwood Canoes, did a presentation on painting a canoe. Here the group was helping to sand the canoe down.
Dave Alguire (right) gave a presentation on repairing damaged canoe ribs. He is just one of the several member of the Small Craft-builders, who were holding a Rendzvous in conjunction with the Assembly. Here he is talking to Fred Allerton.
Pam talked about the equipment she uses for painting. She had lots of great ideas and guidelines.
Some folks helped to mask the gunwales that, in this case, were already on the canoe.
Becky Mason did her "fun to watch" Classic Solo Paddling demonstration. She did a great job!
Her husband, Reid, is just letting us know about how he felt when Becky declined an offer to make a second paddling video. Great news, though, she has another supporter and she is going to start shooting footage in September. Am really looking forward to seeing that video.
There were lots of spectators at her demo.
I couldn't resist taking this shot of the Osprey that was going over our heads during Becky's demo. The Osprey have a nesting platform right on the campus ~ cool!
Probably the most photographed canoe related thing at the Assembly.
Here we are getting ready to go to the Liftlocks.
This canoe belongs to Ted Behne and was built by Steve Cayard.
James, Kirk and others paddled to the Liftlock in the CCM's 36 canoe.
On our way to the famous Peterborough Lift Locks.
There are the locks!
The fellow on the left has a wonderful hat. Several of the pins are of little canoes. People who attend the Assembly get those from Hugh Clark who carves and paints these little pins. Then he strives to give everyone their named pin. Hugh is a wonderful carver.
Waiting for our turn at the locks.
Hi James! Nice canoe you got there!
Not a canoe but still out on the water. Way to go Mike!
There were quite a variety of paddle types too!
This is a shot of the tandem canoe we brought that Bob Ramsay had made for us. Quite a different sheer line than Pam's canoe in behind us.
Here we go!!!
Hi Mr. Miller : )
A Canadian Canoe Museum paddle on the first leg of its adventure.
I am wearing the hat that Tim and Sandy Eaton gave me. They are members of our Minnesota chapter of WCHA. Their website is www.canoeing.com. They launched the site just this year and are working hard to make it an interesting site to visit. Tim is currently paddling in the arctic with Rob Kesselring, well travelled arctic paddler and author of 2 books: Daughter Father Canoe and Rivers Stories. We also paddle with canoe/boat builder Bob Brown.
Starting to go down! It is such a different feeling than a regular lock ~ no turbulence.
The canoeist salute.
This shows the locks once we got to the bottom. Isn't that a neat door?
The group is turning around and re-entering the lock to go up and paddle back to the campus.
Walter and his family re-visited the Assembly.
Walter discussing canoes with builder Will Ruch.
Isn't that amazing!
Rob presented a thank you gift to Kirk.
Jay Bailey, alongside of Kirk, portrays a Voyageur.
I spoke to this couple for a while. She is a national level kite-flying competitor. Who knew there was such a thing?
Dick Persson spent time on the green discussing the various canoes. He later that evening gave a wonderful presentation on history of Lakefield Canoes and the other companies in the Kawartha and surrounding areas.
Becky was kind enough to take time for a photo. Thanks Becky and good luck with your video!
Well, our trips to Assemblies frequently land us in the shop. This time it was the water pump ~ sigh. The repair went well and we were on our way home to Minnesota. We had a great time at the Assembly. See you at another one in future! P.S. We really missed seeing you, Rosemary & Barrie. Sue & Joe