We're all learning, no question about it. Now I guess i need to learn what fat daddy is . . . or not.
At any rate, I attended the Duckworks Messabout, and boy, did I ever have a GREAT time!!
There's all sorts of stuff we kayak builders can learn from them, and vice versa. I was also struck, as I have been many times, how isolated and fragmented we boat builders are. People who build strip kayaks are isolated from strip canoe makers, both are isolated from pirogue builders, all are isolated from bigger boat makers, and so on and so forth. I'm speaking generally, of course, and certainly there are a few who "cross lines" and check out what everyone else is doing. But they're mighty rare birds. And boy, could we ever have a lot of fun learning from each other.
A bunch of people were fascinated with my bird's mouth hollow shaft paddles, and I had a lot of fun explaining the process and showing my cut-off scrap pieces as examples. It was amusing to say the least, because I had gotten the inspiration from folks at this very Messabout the year before last!
They remembered my rolling demonstrations, and were happy to have me back for repeat performances. I got several great sailboat rides out of the deal, too.
One guy walked up and asked me if we hadn't met at OkoumeFest in 1996, the CLC factory wood boat show held in Annapolis every year. Why yes we had! He lives in Dallas and was there on business and learned about the show on Duckworks, and I was there as a guest of CLC to do demonstrations and conduct clinics. And now we meet once again in Magnolia Beach. Tell ya, if that don't just beat all . . . . . .
If any of y'all were impressed with the quality of the company at Inks Lake, lemme tell you, there's nothing missing from the Duckworks crowd. I was among friends, just hadn't met 'em 'til now.
Edit: Since I'm all sunburned to hell, I sat in the camper this evening and d/l'ed my photos. I'm already excited about the great report I'll be bringing to y'all, as soon as I get an internet connection that'll support the endeavor. Which means when I get home. Be sometime after June 22 or so.