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Kayaks & the Inuit of Northern Canada, Cabin restoration in Nova Scotia. Canoe review, Woodshop news and the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge...

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on January 26, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Good Day everyone,

As I type away on my laptop in late January late at night while enjoying a beer shortly after shutting down the woodshop for the night, I'm working on my first Blog entry for 2017.

I am going to try something new here. Rather than just posting/ sharing links at random on Social Media, I thought that instead, when I come across interesting items, that I will save them for later and pick out a few things to include in a Blog entry now and then. Whether this turn...

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Back to Blogging?

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on June 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Well folks, I used to do a fair bit of writing in the way of trip reports and other associated articles that I would post. It used to be a lot of un and I realy enjoyed it. As life got busier and busier however, particularly with paddle building consuming more and more of my time, along with getting two awesome puppies, Plaid who has been with us just over 4 years, and then Sandpaper nearly 2 and a half years ago. both of whom take a good bit of my time as well....daily walks and other advent...

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Contest Time... win FREE gear!

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on October 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (5)


 Well, time to revive the "Blog" here on the website. This is the first entry in ages! We will however been doing blog entries on a regular basis from here on. So...who wants to win some free gear?

Okay folks, here is the first of a series of contests/ gear give-aways that we will be doing over the next little while. Be sure to read this entire post...

For this one, we are focusing on our Rolling Sticks/ Norsaqs (2 versions) and our Transitional Sticks an...

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Winter Fun in Thunder Bay Canada

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on March 8, 2011 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (2)

   As the days get longer in northwestern Ontario and Spring draws near, we anxiously await the melting of the ice and the opening of our local water ways, Lake Superior most of all. Just a matter of a few short weeks now and our rivers and lakes will again be wide open, ready for us to do what we love the most, both canoeing and kayaking. This year will also see a strong growth in SUP in the region I am sure. ...

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740 K Race, Kayak Sale and Rolling Clinics with Helen Wilson...

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on November 5, 2010 at 12:02 PM Comments comments (1)

   Plenty going on here these days (as usual). Registration just opened up a few days ago for the Yukon River Quest. "The Race to the Midnight Sun" and early reports say that about 15 boats are already entered in this the longest annual kayak & canoe race in the world, stretching 740 kilometers from Whitehorse to Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory. Right now I'm debating on which class to enter, so...

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New Speed Record for Vancouver Island Circumnavigation

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on September 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM Comments comments (2)

   Mission accomplished!


   At 8:22 Pm Saturday evening, Sept. 04th, 2010, exactly 16 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes after launching my kayak in Nanaimo BC on Vancouver Island, I returned to the same location and reclaimed the speed record from British paddler Sean Morley. And yes, this entire trip was done with a pair of my hand crafted Greenland Paddles, proving that the GP's are indeed very efficient for long distance cruising and can set, and maintain...

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Finally...Expedition launch is only hours away!

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on August 19, 2010 at 1:27 AM Comments comments (1)

It is finally time to get on the water and start the expedition around Vancouver Island to reclaim the speed record. After having to postpone it by a year last summer due to not being able tokeep up with orders for my paddles as I expanded the little home grown business, I thought I'd be on the water in June for this expedition. 

But as the season approached, I was again overwhelmed with orders and had to once again postpone, this time though only for a couple of months.

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Vancouver Island Expedition/ Speed Record

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on July 22, 2010 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

   Well, just under one month to go before launching the expedition to reclaim the speed record for circumnavigating BC Canada's Vancouver Island.

   The goal for the roughly 1150 kilometer trip is 16 days.

   Just booked my ticket today to British Columbia and I'm aiming for ...

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New 24-Hour Kayaking world Record!

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on July 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM Comments comments (1)

   Just recently, the 24-Hour World Record for kayaking(moving water) was raised even higher. 

Andy Cora, paddling an Epic V12 surfski raised the bar to just over 439 kilometers, paddling his way down the Yukon River, located in Canada's Yukon Territory. A  very impressive feat indeed. This breaks the 6 year old mark set by adventure racing legend Ian Adamson.

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2010 Paddling season is here!

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on March 8, 2010 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

   The local rivers are really opening up now and paddling season is ramping up!

Got out on the Neebing for a paddle this weekend in my C1 marathon racing canoe and it felt great to have it back on the water. Still plenty of ice around but is is opening up fast.

   Weather forecast is looking good for the next c...

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