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  1. Tsuga8

    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    Thanks, kbobb! I just remembered that American Traders offers both laminated and solid paddles according to their website. I have no idea if they're any good. http://amtraders.com/c-paddles.asp?Group=1
  2. Tsuga8

    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    Thanks for the report outs, kbobb! Does the above really mean 'currently', or perhaps forever if he doesn't find another maker?
  3. Tsuga8

    Paddling in a lightning storm

    Yes. In my Wilderness First Responder class, the instructor, a veteran EMT, told a story of a friend getting electrocuted in the shower from a lightning strike outside the house. A metal pipe and the water contained therein is a very good conductor, and will travel relatively far (this is the...
  4. Tsuga8

    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    I'd guess so from memory? It was a couple months ago now though. Wasn't anything too exotic looking.
  5. Tsuga8

    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    I had a funny experience with a Hunter and Harris. I got to try one out at the Maine Canoe Symposium for about 5 min or so (actually it belongs to Keith of White Rose Canoes and member of this forum). When I picked it up it felt very heavy and clubbish. When I started using it with underwater...
  6. Tsuga8

    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    Wow, very cool! What type of wood is that?
  7. Tsuga8

    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    @kbobb I'd say if you can try out paddles, that's your best bet. Second to that is if you can at least lay hands on them in a store. I think lots of the paddles mentioned here are fine products, and part of it will come down to weight/durability/cost/use/aesthetic calculations, but there's no...
  8. Tsuga8

    Paddling in a lightning storm

    Bingo. Lots of low-probability/high consequence threats while outdoors. Lightning is definitely up there on the high consequence side, and the probability of being struck increases fast when you do something like stand above treeline on an exposed ridge during a storm. Canoeing/lightning...
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    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    Glenn's comments are spot on. I've heard Shaw and Tenney rejects boards at a very high rate too (something like 1 board of 10 gets used for a paddle?) - a skilled maker can read the wood grain for weakness. Regarding leaning on the paddle while getting out, with a laminated paddle with an edge...
  10. Tsuga8

    Bored, so I made a paddle

    Just discovering this thread....Gorgeous work!
  11. Tsuga8

    Wood paddles - which style and maker do you like?

    Below are some comparative shots of several solid wood paddles on the market today and discussed above. From left to right: Bending Branches Catalyst straight-shaft. 56in total length; blade 19 x 8.1in (118 sq in); 24oz Badger Tripper. 57in; blade 28.5 x 5.5 (124.75 sq in); 25oz in cherry...
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    Paddling in a lightning storm

    The idea of trying to balance on a loaded pack always struck me as impractical, but a PFD would be a great insulator mat given the circumstances - hadn't thought of that one! Also a great point about paying attention to trees, especially dead ones, that may come down on you as you hunker from...
  13. Tsuga8

    I'm throwing in the towel

    Often two good bilge sponges (I think mine are Harmony brand?), or a sponge and shamwow-style (different brand). When I remember the shamwow it does great. But I like that the sponges have a grommet tie-in point. A plastic biner and a little p-cord tether helps keep them in the boat and out...
  14. Tsuga8

    Weather Forecasts (are today’s whippersnappers spoiled?)

    I'll admit it - I've cancelled trips based on weather forecasts. % scatters showers I'll pack appropriately and head out. When all 3 days of a weekend trip are wall to wall rain, I'll stay home. In fact, I'll even admit that if the first 1-2 days are solid soaking rain, I'll stay home. I...
  15. Tsuga8

    Paddling in a lightning storm

    @goonstroke 's got it, according to Wilderness First Responder training and most of what I've read. Being under a group of low trees well away from the tallest trees is ideal. For the same reason, if I could make shore instead of the island I would, but the island is better than exposed in...
  16. Tsuga8

    Northstar Trillium Solo Canoe for sale - SOLD

    Those are some of my fav spots as well. I'd be glad to join if y'all want company.
  17. Tsuga8

    MSR Fuel Canisters

    There are some decent videos on youtube, incl by REI, talking about fuel use rates and calculating how many to take on a trip. As others said, I think big factors are temp, wind, altitude, and whether you're just boiling or truly cooking (simmering etc).
  18. Tsuga8

    Attempting to make a couple of paddles

    Love those contrasting wood colors. Looking great for a first attempt! I'm hoping to try my hand some day, but haven't even gone so far as buying lumber yet, just a lot of reading. If only the house and yard would stop needing attention....
  19. Tsuga8

    Knots

    Attaching a line like a bow painter to an object (post/tree?)? Or attaching two objects together like lashing two poles? Both?
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    Knots

    @Black_Fly what do you use the slick packer's hitch for?
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