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Monitoring the Canoe

I have been too busy working on this project to actually document it. That’s my issue with blogging in general. But these photos give a good idea of the steps we have taken to get the monitors into the canoe. … finish reading Monitoring the Canoe

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Pouya’s Back End

I failed to mention that months ago, Pouya the CML lab-tech came up with a great tool to power the back-end of the project. What we need is an interface that will essentially “push” information back and forth between the … finish reading Pouya’s Back End

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Rockin’ the Cradle

A crucial step in working on the canoe has been the design of a cradle. The canoe has to rest on something in the gallery, after all. It is such an important component of the project that it took me … finish reading Rockin’ the Cradle

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Article in The Record

Robert Reid write a fine article about the project for The Record: UW prof wins award for project probing the mystery of Tom Thomson’s canoe . He showed up for our meeting in an Alogonquin Park hat, so I knew … finish reading Article in The Record

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On Sunday I gathered a courageous crew, and we portaged from my house to Victoria Park for a video shoot. The purpose was to capture some images of the inside of the canoe while it was rocking gently in the … finish reading Portage

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Reid This

In Saturday’s issue of The Record, Robert Reid reviewed Northern Light by Roy Macgregor and Defiant Spirits by Ross King. Very different approaches to Thomson, both designed to breathe fire into the “myth and mystery.” Smart writing all around, including … finish reading Reid This

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A Break in the Case?

Over the past couple of weeks, the Globe and Mail has featured stories about the Thomson mystery, inspired primarily by the release of Roy MacGregor’s book Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson. Naturally, the most substantial story is … finish reading A Break in the Case?

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Ghost Canoe

After a night of holding our breath while bears tramped around the camp site, we awoke at dawn and headed to Canoe Lake for a photo shoot. Perfect morning of mixed clouds, and the sun was just emerging as we … finish reading Ghost Canoe

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Christening: Testing the Waters

Last Sunday my neighbour Kevin and I packed the canoe onto his pickup and headed to Algonquin Park for the “christening.” We were paranoiacally careful with the tie-down, using thick towels beneath the straps and a foam pads all around. … finish reading Christening: Testing the Waters

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I forgot to mention a thrilling event that took place during the painting process. I was nearly finished sanding the canoe, working my way from the stern to the bow, when I noticed an off-coloured smudge adjacent to the copper … finish reading Archaeology

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