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Gallery Portage 4: Peterborough

Canoe installations in the winter? Driving a rented 16-foot truck from Kitchener to Algonquin Park in February is not well advised. Snow squalls and bad tires have become an integral part of this adventure. No matter. This portage went very … finish reading Gallery Portage 4: Peterborough

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Installing at Algonquin

Once again, Pouya and I hit the road, ready to put our trusty canoe-stringing implement to work once again. This time we made chose a 25lb weight of string, rather than 30lb, which makes for faster wrapping but interrupts functionality … finish reading Installing at Algonquin

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Gallery Portage 3: Algonquin Park

The fourth installation of Myth of the Steersman takes us back to the site of its “baptism.” This trip, from Haliburton to Algonquin, was an adventure in steersmanship as it involved navigating through snow sqalls, hoisting the installation over a … finish reading Gallery Portage 3: Algonquin Park

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Judge a book’s cover?

In July, I was asked by writer Joseph Nolan if he could use an image from this blog to put on the cover of his forthcoming novel, The Wellspring Immortal. The book is now available here: https://www.createspace.com/3642849 . Congratulations, Joe. … finish reading Judge a book’s cover?

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Gallery Portage 2: Haliburton

If you were a landscape painter in the early 1900’s, the Haliburton Highlands would have been a necessary destination. The seasonal changes, wooded hills, wildlife, and lakes would provide endless subject matter. Best of all, the Victoria Railway would take … finish reading Gallery Portage 2: Haliburton

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Talking up the Myth

On July 13 I gave a talk at the Tom Thomson Gallery entitled “How to Build a Ghost Canoe.” The talk was fairly well attended, and I am especially grateful to Marty, Brooke, Sophia, and Blake for filling out the … finish reading Talking up the Myth

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Gallery Portage 1: Owen Sound

After months of interaction at THEMUSEUM, the fishing line on the canoe had been under a great deal of stress. This was anticipated — this is art that is meant to be touched, and touching means wear and tear. The … finish reading Gallery Portage 1: Owen Sound

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Final Product

Here is a shot of canoe, fully wrapped and ready for action. Well, not water action. Cyber action. The green objects hanging out are the controls for the monitors. Those got tucked in once the project “went live.”

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String Theory

No, I’m not going to wax philosophical about theoretical physics — although I would like to think that the canoe project might inspire such musings. I’m referring to a photo that appeared in a Record article about the Thomson exhibition. … finish reading String Theory

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14 kilometres of string

I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped wrap the canoe with 20 and 30 lb test fishing line. This is one of the most tedious tasks I have ever endured, and it paid less than my stint … finish reading 14 kilometres of string

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