|Photo by Mark Sanders|
I'm a purpose driven guy and I don't take to something just because it is new (or old). Personally, I understand Greenland paddling, I appreciate its history and culture, but I don't see any benefit in using a Greenland stick for the paddling I do. Same for the myriad of rolling techniques - I have never needed to roll with a stone in my hand or paddle behind my back. Nor do I plan to hunt any whales from my kayak in the near future... But there are good reasons to use the skinny sticks and learn various rolls and I have several friends who are Greenland paddlers - and still my friends. It's just not for me. Though as trends go it's probably a good one.
directions, bought myself a beautiful piece of red cedar, a bunch of woodworking tools (all hand tools - no power for me), and I've even assembled a cadre of like minded souls to share the experience and hopefully some wisdom. It's a good winter project and if nothing else I should end up with something pretty to hang over the mantle place.
others, but I will throw up some pics now and then on my photo page and I'll report on the outcome when the thing is actually finished. But it may take a while at my current rate.