Kayak Class at Valley Forge
....deep into the Pennsylvania winter I was called to action. Kayak students desperately needed someone to lead them after a summer of relentless assault by the British Canoe Union. Privately I feared we could not build an army of Greenland paddlers during the cold and miserable tri-state winter, and when I arrived the cavernous and crumbling old factory hardly seemed fit to house men for the project. It was biting cold and there were no soldiers, but in a turn of luck the weather eased to an unseasonably warm temperature and General Ted Danforth procured the neccesary provisions and helped as we transformed the barren camp. For seven days the men worked tirelessly and despite some long evenings and moments of hunger and privation, we suffered few injuries and no loss of life. With renewed vigor our brave men paddled forth to face the British kayaks once again.
An avid paddler, builder, and teacher, I'm passionate about sharing the strength, lightweight, and beauty of skin-on-frame boat building.