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ROUNDING THE POINT: Member Thomas Dolgas caught this magical moment on an early morning paddle during Assembly 2011. He never got a chance to speak with the paddler, so his identity is unknown, but the spirit of the moment will resonate with anyone who has ever paddled the quiet waters of the Adirondacks. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #wchaassembly #adirondacks

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THE WCHA HAS ARRIVED IN NORWAY!: The WCHA burgee flies over a Shearwater 16 canoe built at Valkyrie Craft of Northern Ireland. Its owner, Martin Olaisen, is paddling it here at Seljordsvatnet, Telemark, Norway. Photo by Martin Olaisen. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #valkyriecraft #seljordsvatnet

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SOLO IN A NICELY RESTORED GREEN OLD TOWN CANOE FOR SAINT PATRICK'S DAY: Rose Pearson skillfully guides her 1953 OLD TOWN Fifty Pound model along Pigeon Creek near Holland, Michigan. Rose’s dad, Chris, did the restoration work on this AA grade Old Town. This included new mahogany decks, inwales, outwales, rub rails, seven ribs, some planking, stem repairs, and new canvas. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #oldtowncanoe #pigeoncreek

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AMONG THE GRASSES: Pioneering builder Daniel Herald revolutionized the canoe manufacturing industry by developing the solid, metal-banded canoe-building form on which he built his unique style of double-hull canoe. This 15-foot-long Den Herald canoe was built in the 1870s in Gore's Landing, Rice Lake, Ontario. It is made of white cedar, white oak, butternut, walnut and tamarack. Photo by Michael Grace. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #hearldcanoe #goreslanding #ricelake

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WILLIAM ENGLISH MODEL 21 CANOE: Sometime in the early 1900’s, Peterborough area builder William English built this graceful wide-board 16 foot canoe and named it Model 21. A few years ago, member Ralph Nimtz bought it and undertook an extensive restoration, saving as much of the original material and character as possible. Ralph notes that even the double bladed paddle is half original and half replica. The picture was taken on Elfin Lake in Wallingford, Vermont. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #williamenglishcanoe #ralphscanoes #elfinlake

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BACK TO OUR ROOTS: This amazing canoe is a 14 foot Wabanaki-style birch bark being paddled by Licia Johnson on Day Lake in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. The canoe was built by Ferdy Goode at his camp in Winchester, Wisconsin using traditional tools and techniques with materials harvested in the forest of the north-woods. A beautiful piece of work from all renewable resources. Photo by Ferdy Goode. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #birchbarkcanoe #ferdygoode #beaverbarkcanoe #daylake

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THE BEST OF WILDERNESS CANOEING!: Member Robert Thum submitted this action shot from the Basswood River on the US/Canada border. Dave Wilson (in the bow) and Eric Thum run the rapids below the Basswood Falls portage on a 10 day trip in the BWCA/Quetico region in 2011. The canoe is a 17’ Chestnut Prospector (custom close-ribbed Garry model) that Robert purchased in 1965, and that now has nearly 3000 wilderness miles on its keel. Photo by Andy Quinn. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #chestnutcanoe #prospector #basswoodriver #bwca #quetico

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SMOOTHSKIN LAPSTRAKE CANOES: Three Wilbur & Wheelock all wood, smoothskin lapstrake canoes from the collection of member Scottie Baker. Charles Wilbur and Jay Wheelock built skiffs and canoes like these from their shop in Clayton, New York, from 1895 to about 1930. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #lapstrakecanoe #wilburwheelock

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The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association's 2020 Annual Assembly has been cancelled. After a great deal of consideration and consultation, the Board of Directors ultimately decided to cancel Assembly 2020 out of concern for the heath of our members and guests, the likely continuing disruption of international travel, the current ban on large gatherings in the State of New York, and the likelihood of very low turnout even if such a gathering could be held. This decision also prevents possibly serious financial losses for our organization. Everyone was very dismayed with the obvious decision that had to be made, but it is important to make the earliest possible announcement of what was almost certainly a foregone conclusion.

The good news is that we are already looking forward to Assembly 2021. We are already booked with Paul Smith’s College and hope that much of the programming planned for this year will be provided next year.

Stay safe, and use this time to meet with fellow WCHA members electronically, hone your canoe building and restoration skills, learn more about canoe history, and plan future paddling adventures. And by all means and whenever possible, practice social distancing from a wooden canoe – for us there may be no better way to de-stress and remember the truly wonderful things in life.

Thanks to everyone involved in planning Assembly 2020 - Rob Stevens has, as usual, done an outstanding job of building a great program, many people have volunteered to provide excellent programming at Assembly, and many more volunteers have already been planning their time and conducting important activities in support of Assembly. Many thanks to you all!

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MOVING A 34 FOOT LONG WAR CANOE FORM: The 34-foot-long Old Town Canoe Company war canoe form was moved from Old Town, Maine to Shelburne, Massaschusetts in December of 2016. Thanks to Seth Gray, Alex Gray, and Production Services of Maine for the help with the truck along with Dylan and Emily Schoelzel of Salmon Falls Canoe for giving it a good new home. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #salmonfallscanoe #oldtowncanoe #warcanoe

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A SAILING CANOE TRIO: Three Old Town sailing canoes await the afternoon breeze on Sand Lake, in the Irish Hills of southern Michigan, at the summer home of members Pat and Roger Fry. Roger did most of the restoration work on all three, and the standing lug sails were designed and built by Nat Wilson and Doug Fowler in sizes appropriate for each canoe. The blue canoe is a 17 foot sponson model from 1950, the white canoe is a 17 footer, circa 1930, and the eggplant canoe is a 16 footer, circa 1930. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #sandlake #oldtowncanoe

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I really enjoy these posts you do. They go up on my computer screen background as soon as you post them. Makes a good distraction for me at work...Well good for me maybe not so much my employer.

Benson, I would echo Norm's comments, I also look forward to all your posts, specifically these containing shots of beautiful craft like these.
Thanks for everything you do, stay safe everyone and don't forget our governments have ordered us to stay home in our workshops!
Benson - Thanks so much for posting this gorgeous photo from my dear friend Roger Fry. He was an incredibly passionate canoe sailer, and he did very nice restoration of his canoes. He was passionate about much more than canoes, spending his free time in search of fascinating artifacts from the far north, and supporting important research on birds across multiple continents (among other things). Roger lived life to the fullest, but unfortunately he left us too soon. He is missed, but that photo is a nice glimpse into his wonderful life.