Working on the Canoe Mold and Outdoor Cooking Wrap-Up

Our outdoor cooking workshop yesterday went well and I ate the best lunch I’ve had in a long time.  We made sourdough biscuits in the reflector oven and pan fried some fish.  We also covered hanging a pot over a fire versus propping it up from below and the related benefits and negatives of each method.  It was challenging in that there was a strong breeze blowing, and as such managing the fire took constant dilligence.

Today is supposed to be the warmest day this week, with the temperatures near freezing for the first time in a while.  I’ll be spending it working on the canoe mold.  I need to finish sanding it and attach the metal bands, then install the gunnel backers.  After that Don Merchant and I are going to build a test boat on it to make sure there aren’t any problems or funny lines in the hull.

I’ve added a few new programs to our schedule for this year, including a weeklong canoe and bush skills trip with Cree guides David and Anna Bosum in northern Quebec, and will write them up over the weekend.  Stay tuned.


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