Margaret "Splinter" Fisher of the famous Wisconsin Splinters, Dan Miller and yours truely got a behind the scenes tour of the boat collection at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY, courtesy of curator Hallie Bond. The main purpose of the trip was for Margaret to see what a birchbark canoe really looked like, having just purchased a rather disorganized collection of bark and sticks referred to as a "vintage birchbark" from some guy who is, at this very moment, sitting in a bar somewhere in the Catskills, telling his buddies about this crazy woman who drove from Wisconsin to buy the reminants of his firewood pile. After visiting the museum, Margaret came back to Mike's house where they tried to reassemble the pile of parts into a package sturdy enough for the return trip. Photo 1 - Hallie shows Margaret what a BB canoe is supposed to look like. Photo 2 - Mike and Margaret shove bent wood into curved spaces in the bark - hope it looks like ribs! Photo 3 - temporary thwarts to help make the 800 mile ride less exciting Photo 4 - Anyone know how to iron the wrinkles out of a BB canoe? Photo 5 - enough stretch wrap to enclose Yankee Stadium and it's ready for the road! Seriously - I had the opportunity to host Margaret on her trip east and we really had a ball! Safe voyage home, Splinter!