Posts tagged: canoes
Here's a recap of recent Spokesman-Review Outdoors stories:
PADDLING – Gonzaga Prep wresters are pinning their annual fundraising goals on a 17-foot cedar-strip canoe they built with their own hands.
“We started during summer and we’re just doing the hand-caned bamboo seas and putting the finishing touches on it,” team Coach Danny Pearson said last week.
The team is selling tickets to raffle the canoe in a drawing that will be held at the school on Tuesday (Dec. 13).
Click here to see the work in progress and raffle form
Assistant coach Dane Vulcan recruited his father, Doug, to teach the team how to build a Minnesota Canoe Association guide-model boat. Doug Vulcan, a retired wrestling coach in Montana, has been building canoes for 30 years and conducts workshops on the craft.
“Doug is a canoe guru and was really involved last year when we built our first cedar canoe,” Pearson said. “This year he came over to supervise, but we had students and coaches who’d been involved with the first canoe and we could do a lot more of the work.”
Vulcan helped the team build their own forms to shape the elegant canoe that requires a long series of steps to construct. The flat-bottom, no-keel tandem boat is made of Western red cedar strips with mahogany gunwales, thwarts and face plates. It weighs 70 pounds and has a 750-pound capacity.
“Caning the seats is the most tedious work,” Pearson said. “It requires sitting down for hours and weaving.”
The coach went on to explain why they're taking the hands-on approach to fundraising:
“Team building a big part of why we do this. We could sell frozen pizzas to raise money for our travel and equipment, but there’s little benefit to the students other than the money.
“But in building the canoe, the kids come up, sp end a day or two working with each other, milling down the boards, running the table saw and route, troubleshooting and figuring out problems.
“It’s a way for the wrestling team to spend time together other than wrestling.
“This isn’t the easiest or most efficient way to make money, but we want to have a community aspect to our program, and this seems to be a winner.”
NATIONAL PARKS — To celebrate the bicentennial of fur trader David Thompson’s journey down the length of the Columbia River, a series of programs is being organized this month at the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.
More than 100 hardy adventurers will paddle 50 foot voyageur canoes along the route surveyed by Thompson, who penned the first complete maps of the region. The canoe voyage is organized by the David Thompson Columbia Canoe Brigade.
The stops include old fur trading settlements such as Fort Colville, Fort Okanogan, Fort Vancouver and Fort Astoria/Fort George at the mouth of the Columbia.
Events are being planned in communities along the paddlers’ route. Among them:
June 17-18, at Kettle Falls Historical Center – Presentation by author/historian Jack Nisbet, canoe races and rides, small fur trade encampment and birch bark canoe building demonstrations.
The George Sibley film “Shadows of David Thompson” will be shown.
All-you-can-eat breakfast, served by the American Legion, starts at 7 a.m. June 18 at the Historical Center. Cost: $4.
Free rides in the voyageur canoes will be offered by The Brigade at: