Thanks for the history, I'm glad this site happened. Dave.Fifteen or twenty yesrs ago, there was a netsite about paddling. Chuck, another fellow, and I were on it, along with many others. We were responding with comments of experiences. Turned out the site was run by a couple of young fellows from Grand Rapids, Michigan, not far from me.
They employed a pair of writers, a man and a woman, who wrote, among other subjects, about materials used to build canoes and kayaks. Their list of materials did not include wood. We responded that, indeed, wood was used, and still is used to build boats. The pair grew vehement and snitty. The young owners asked us to respond,. When we wrote back with factual experiences and knowledge, the refuting pair grew more vehement, questioning our knowledge and intelligence. The young owners requested us to rewrite; we djd again and it was rejected.
Along about that time the other fellow who had been collaborating with Chuck and me dropped out. Chuck started up the Southern Paddler, and I kept on paddling and writing. I'm not sure that the other netsite is still in existence todsy. Chuck might know? But, I do know that wooden boats are still in existence.
The navy has iron ships. We have wooden boats, and iron men.
Hey Bee, I'm still working on my pirouge, every whip stich that is, hope to be done before spring. Dave.Wooden boats do float and you might say they are alive and well, but I'm not so sure about the building of wooden boats. Judging by forum activity here and other sites seems to me a loss of interest or participation. I hope I'm wrong.
I was not here for the beginning. How about a history lesson.