Greetings all, my name is Alan Sidlo. My reintroduction to canoes at the Chicagoland Canoe Base caused a quarter of a century to fall away as those youthful days of whiling away the hours on the water resurface in my middle age. Though I pretty much paddle and sail anything you can find on the water from the latest greatest composite SUP boards to the collector faltboots of yesteryear, or anything from aluminum rentals to rotomolded hybrid SOTs, my favorite has to be the natural feel of wood. For me, the birchbark canoe would have to be the vessel of choice. So now that I have one to take care of... guess it's time to join in the conversation.