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Book-learnin’ at WoodenBoat School

In late July I dropped Cricket and Pat off at the airport to return to the West and, what with the Canadian border being closed, I took my free week and headed back toward Ithaca, New York, where my Odyssey began 68 years ago. On the way I visited Douglas [...]

September 12th, 2021|News|

Speed-birthing McKenzies

Most classes at WoodenBoat School are either process oriented or product oriented. If you're going to learn the skills and processes of boatbuilding, it's unlikely that you'll finish complete boats. Whereas if the goal is to complete a boat, you're not likely to learn all the skills of starting from [...]

August 25th, 2021|News|

Drowning in Boatishness

I headed back to Maine July 8 for an extended stay, trying to make up for missing last year, when Covid prevented me from my annual addiction. United Airlines wasn't really interested in getting me all the way there, cancelling my final leg in Washington DC with no offers of [...]

August 25th, 2021|News|

Slammin the Salmon

Dawn was generous enough to let me post some of the shots she got on the Salmon while my telephone/camera was scuba diving. And this amazing shot from the Grande Ronde. Beauty. We put in on the Salmon the next day at Spring Creek, well above the “normal people.” We [...]

July 7th, 2021|News|

Doryaks Rule

In early June Dawn and I took our doryaks north. RJ joined us with his doryak in Nevada and we headed for the Snake River basin. We launched on the Wallowa and headed down toward the Grande Ronde. Fast and beautiful. A sheltered camp for the storm. A groovy groover [...]

July 5th, 2021|News|

Boat trips, boat wrecks, and boatshop fun

Shaman's Gallery's 2-year clean streak ended in April with a bang. So our casual time-out between river trips got a lot less casual. Roy did much of the repair while I was on the river, and I finished her off. Dawn and I did a photo shoot trip for Canyon [...]

June 5th, 2021|News|

Spring Sprung

Back in the boatshop we turned things up to eleven. Bears Ears needed a fair amount of work before going to her new owner, but first she needed a good drying out. So up the ceiling with her while we did last details on the Doryak triplets. Joe came back [...]

April 12th, 2021|News|

Diamond Desert Done

I’ve roamed and I’ve rambled And I followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands Of her diamond deserts… Woody Guthrie This Land was Made for You and Me Brin picked a name for the boat and it's a fine one. Diamond Desert. He had to go back to work, poor [...]

March 15th, 2021|News|

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Book-learnin’ at WoodenBoat School

In late July I dropped Cricket and Pat off at the airport to return to the West and, what with the Canadian border being closed, I took my free week and headed back toward Ithaca, New York, where my Odyssey began 68 years ago. On the way I visited Douglas [...]

September 12th, 2021|News|

Speed-birthing McKenzies

Most classes at WoodenBoat School are either process oriented or product oriented. If you're going to learn the skills and processes of boatbuilding, it's unlikely that you'll finish complete boats. Whereas if the goal is to complete a boat, you're not likely to learn all the skills of starting from [...]

August 25th, 2021|News|

Drowning in Boatishness

I headed back to Maine July 8 for an extended stay, trying to make up for missing last year, when Covid prevented me from my annual addiction. United Airlines wasn't really interested in getting me all the way there, cancelling my final leg in Washington DC with no offers of [...]

August 25th, 2021|News|

Slammin the Salmon

Dawn was generous enough to let me post some of the shots she got on the Salmon while my telephone/camera was scuba diving. And this amazing shot from the Grande Ronde. Beauty. We put in on the Salmon the next day at Spring Creek, well above the “normal people.” We [...]

July 7th, 2021|News|

Doryaks Rule

In early June Dawn and I took our doryaks north. RJ joined us with his doryak in Nevada and we headed for the Snake River basin. We launched on the Wallowa and headed down toward the Grande Ronde. Fast and beautiful. A sheltered camp for the storm. A groovy groover [...]

July 5th, 2021|News|

Boat trips, boat wrecks, and boatshop fun

Shaman's Gallery's 2-year clean streak ended in April with a bang. So our casual time-out between river trips got a lot less casual. Roy did much of the repair while I was on the river, and I finished her off. Dawn and I did a photo shoot trip for Canyon [...]

June 5th, 2021|News|

Spring Sprung

Back in the boatshop we turned things up to eleven. Bears Ears needed a fair amount of work before going to her new owner, but first she needed a good drying out. So up the ceiling with her while we did last details on the Doryak triplets. Joe came back [...]

April 12th, 2021|News|

Diamond Desert Done

I’ve roamed and I’ve rambled And I followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands Of her diamond deserts… Woody Guthrie This Land was Made for You and Me Brin picked a name for the boat and it's a fine one. Diamond Desert. He had to go back to work, poor [...]

March 15th, 2021|News|

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