This was the 'other kind of handmade' beauty that I referred to a few weeks back. A gorgeous cedar-strip canoe, built by Steve's father and his partner twenty years ago, and just recently gifted to us. To say that we're happy to have this is a huge understatement - we're thrilled, honored and much more. And at a full 18 feet in length, it's just perfect for our family of five. This past weekend was it's first trip in the water in years - a short little trip in which we confirmed that the youngest among us is not such a fan of the water - not this year, anyway. (And I can now add paddling to the list of odd times and places in which breastfeeding has proved to be a lifesaver). Nevertheless, we were happy to be in this special boat and on the water, and are greatly looking forward to next weekend when we can get back out there (and Adelaide can have a very special solo date with her grammie).
Naturally, all this talk of how it was made and by whom has greatly inspired the 'makers' around here. Once I talked Calvin down from his grand plan of a canoe big enough for all of us (at least for this year), he shifted to a little bit of a smaller scale. After a visit to the woods, and then our art cabinet, we now have a little birch-bark canoe production happening.
The future for these little handmade beauties? Inspired by the fabulous 2000 mile adventure in one of our very favorite children's books - Paddle-to-the-Sea - these boats be headed down-river soon. We can only imagine what kind of adventures they'll have on their journey out to sea. All three miles of it.