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Doryak triplets again

We hit the ground running on November 5 with three doryaks to build. As usual, the hulls come together deceptively fast. Hannah's lovely bouquet of bronze screws. Bottoms up! We dedicated the new hulls in proper fashion with some Arizona-made sake. Delicious. We also kicked off the winter with a [...]

November 25th, 2021|News|

Summer fades to fall

I got back home in mid-August in time to see the biggest flood of the Rio de Flag in local memory. This was but one of several floods in this summer astonishing monsoon season. Unfortunately these sudden localized blasts do little to alleviate the drought. Back in the shop I [...]

October 25th, 2021|News|

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|

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Doryak triplets again

We hit the ground running on November 5 with three doryaks to build. As usual, the hulls come together deceptively fast. Hannah's lovely bouquet of bronze screws. Bottoms up! We dedicated the new hulls in proper fashion with some Arizona-made sake. Delicious. We also kicked off the winter with a [...]

November 25th, 2021|News|

Summer fades to fall

I got back home in mid-August in time to see the biggest flood of the Rio de Flag in local memory. This was but one of several floods in this summer astonishing monsoon season. Unfortunately these sudden localized blasts do little to alleviate the drought. Back in the shop I [...]

October 25th, 2021|News|

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|

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