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Historic Agreement reached in BC Canada. Queen Charlotte Islands RENAMED Haida Gwaaii

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on December 11, 2009 at 9:48 PM Comments comments (0)

B.C.'s Queen Charlotte Islands have officially been renamed Haida Gwaii as part of a historic reconciliation agreement between the province and the Haida Nation, Premier Gordon Campbell announced Friday in Vancouver.


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As winter settles in....

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on December 8, 2009 at 6:22 PM Comments comments (0)

    A balmy 12 degrees below freezing outside today, certainly feels like winter has arrived here in northwestern Ontario Canada. Time to change the tires on the mountain bike tomorrow and put on the studded ice tires I bought last winter from Petrie's Cycle and Sports in Thunder Bay and get ready for some winter riding now that the local waters are starting to freeze up.



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A busy, but good, week...

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on October 14, 2009 at 8:39 PM Comments comments (2)

Well, fall is certainly here in northwestern Ontario. Already we've had snow a couple of times, some frost and some ice inside of my kayaks. 


Closed down the in ground pool for the year, bye bye rolling pool, see you next May!  Next rolling practice for me will now be in the VERY cold waters of Lake Superior...water temps in the big lake have been falling steadily these days.


Also built up another set of boat racks today and have a load ...

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This and that....oh, and that other thing...

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on September 19, 2009 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, sitting here at home now after doing a bunch of rolls in the pool, working on a couple new Greeenland Paddles, a couple canoe paddles and refinishing some tools and an old bike around the house. and now enjoying a couple of cold brews.


First off, here is a bit of footage from this years Yukon River Quest, the longest annual Canoe & Kayak race on the planet at 740 kilometers. I'm itchin...

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Tahe Greenland on Lake Superior

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on September 6, 2009 at 5:08 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, the day after the first load of Tahe kayaks arrived here in Thunder Bay, I grabbed one of the Greenlands and did a 100 meter walk over to the Neebing River, paddle down to the MacIntyre River and then onto Lake Superior to get a feel for one of the new kayaks.



It paddled very well, has decent speed (was hitting 11+ kilometers paddling against a headwind and small wind waves when pushing it) and turns...

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Vancouver Island Speed Record... change of plans!

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on August 30, 2009 at 10:26 AM Comments comments (0)

    Well it is now August 30th, 2009. The plan was for a quick trip back to British Columbia early in September and then a high paced expedition around Vancouver Island to get back my solo speed record.  Close to 1200 kilometers, my goal was, and still is, 16 days! 






    The one thing that has changed however is the time...

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Tahe Kayaks on the way!

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on August 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM Comments comments (0)

Well I just got off the phone with my shipper and they will be picking up my first shipment of Tahe Kayaks sometime in the next few days and I should have them here within a few days afterwards.


Models ordered include the Greenland.


The Reval.

The Gulfspirit.

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Vancouver Island Speed Record

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on August 7, 2009 at 12:09 AM Comments comments (2)

Well, busy as I have been lately, building paddles and all, the Vancouver Island  Speed Record had slipped to the back burner due to time constraints. However, THAT has now CHANGED!


It is now back in my thoughts, front and center. We will see how training goes the next few weeks. The  expedtiontion will either start this fall or next Spring. Either way, the record is comng home! Last time was a walk in the park despite headwinds 18 of the first 19 days...and still ...

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Tahe Greenland Kayak

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on August 2, 2009 at 2:01 PM Comments comments (0)

Well I just got out of our backyard pool after test paddling the Tahe Greenland kayak. The Canadian distributer stopped by the house today with his demo fleet and I was blown away! This thing rolls like a DREAM and is SEXY as can be! 



You'll be seeing more of this line in Thunder Bay in the very near future and I'll have a couple available for test paddles later this month!


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Rolling Demonstration/ Helen Wilson

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on August 1, 2009 at 4:51 PM Comments comments (0)

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Want to see a pretty cool rolling demonstration? Click the link above and see 2008 Green

land Women's rolling champion Helen Wilson out playing. 

Helen just received her first new paddle from me yesterday and i should be posting some new photos and video clips of Helen with the ...

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