The Cutting Edge
The Artful Sailor’s Blade Sharpening Workshop
March 2nd, 2019
Be sharp or be dull! Every sailor and stitchmate needs a good knife and shears. Sailors and lubbers alike need their blades to be sharp.
Cutting to the chase: In the spirit of self-reliance and the preservation of traditional hand skills, The Artful Sailor Whole Earth Nautical Supply will host a shears and knife sharpening workshop with Port Townsend’s own “King of Cutlery”, Alex Moro.
The three hour workshop on Saturday, March 2nd, starts promptly at 9am in The Artful Sailor shop at 410 Washington Street (by the skate park) in Port Townsend, WA.
Participants are urged to bring their own shears, blades and whetstones to hone their sharpening skills under the keen eye and guidance of a pro.
Alex Moro( photo attached) has been using and sharpening blades since childhood. Upon moving to Port Townsend, eight years ago, Moro started his small business, Al’s Blade Service, to serve the public and local businesses. He credits much of his practical knowledge to mentors in the trades who’ve graciously imparted their wisdom and he wants to continue the tradition of sharing skills with the community.
Sailor’s sheath knives, jack knives, sailmaker’s scissors and Alex Moro’s preferred sharpening stone, the Norton 1000/4000, Japanese-style, combination water stones will be available for purchase.
The tuition is $40/person. The capacity is 12 adults.
Email the firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-344-8120 to reserve a seat at The Artful Sailor’s sharpening bench.
An’ while we’re at it:
Remember we have the Handsewing Skills Workshop comin’ up less than a month after the sharpening class. There’s still room for ya, Stitchmate; you and your sharp knife & shears! www.theartfulsailor.com
A Whole Earth Nautical Supply
” Guidance, Goods & Tools ! “
410 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
| Traditional Qajaqers of the South |
I am very excited to announce the fourth annual Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS) festival. Our event will be held from March 21-24 at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center on beautiful Lake Placid in Central Florida. This will be an immersive Greenland kayaking weekend that includes paddling and rolling skills, presentations, morning yoga, kayak games and exposure to Inuit culture. We will be joined by several prominent instructor/mentors including internationally known mentors Cheri Perry, Alison Sigethy and Greg Stamer. Our special guest this year will be Mia Kanstad Kulseng from Norway. We will also include a full day Greenland paddle making class led by Benjamin Fontenot. All event information, fees and registration are available on our website. Hope you can join us.
|When:||March 21 – 24, 2019|
|Where:||Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center|
Lake Placid, FL
CONFERENCE PROGRAM: CAMM 2019 Conference Program
REGISTRATION: Please download, fill out, and submit the CAMM Conference registration form (link) and submit to CAMMTreasury@gmail.com Paypal link available from Registration Form.
- Full conference registration is $199 and includes all conference session, lunches, receptions, and banquet.
- Daily rates available for one day attendance (see registration form).
- Spouse/guest registration for social events only (no sessions) is $125.
- Optional Door County maritime landscape tour is $40
Registration Deadline is April 15, 2019.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: If you are a business or organization who would like to reach a targeted group of museum professionals and decision makers, Click here for sponsor and exhibitor information. Or contact Cathy Green
EVENTS: In addition to conference sessions held at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, all tours and special events are included with full conference registration, including:
- Wednesday afternoon tours of USS Cobia
- Wednesday evening reception at Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center
- Thursday evening SubPub roof deck reception Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
- Friday evening banquet in Sepia Chapel Two Rivers
OPTIONAL SATURDAY TOUR: Saturday optional Door County maritime landscape bus tour (featuring the Door County Maritime Museum). 9:00am-3:30pm. $40 per person. Includes:
- Round trip bus ride from Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc) to the Door County Maritime Museum (Sturgeon Bay) – Includes en route narration by Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen.
- Tour of the Door County Maritime Museum, led by DCMM staff, including the exhibits The Water Defines Us: DCMM@50 and Shipwrecks of Door County, and gallery lecture by Larry Herbst of the Sturgeon Bay Model Shop (tent.).
- Lunch at the Door County Fire Company restaurant, including a presentation from the creative team behind the musical Windjammers, inspired by tales and tunes of 19th century Great Lakes sailors; courtesy of Northern Sky Theater.
- Drive past Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding – Tracing its history back to 1918, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is an industry leader in the construction and repair of large ships and is a highlight of the working waterfront of Sturgeon Bay.
LODGING: Blocks of rooms and special rates have been established at the following hotels. Please reference “CAMM Conference” when booking rooms:
- Baymont by Wyndham Manitowoc Lakefront
101 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Phone: 920-482-2097 (adjacent to the museum)
$89 a night – includes continental breakfast
- Holiday Inn Manitowoc
4601 Calumet Avenue, Manitowoc
Phone: 920-682-6000 (3 miles from museum)
$119 a night – includes full breakfast at hotel restaurant
- Click here for more Manitowoc/Two Rivers lodging options
Tourism & Transportation: Manitowoc is located 30 minutes south of Green Bay and 1 1/2 hours north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin easily accessible by international airports in both cities. There are many rental car and airport shuttle options from Milwaukee and Green Bay airports.
LEONARD RENNIE PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL GRANTS: Will be available for 2019 CAMM Conference. CAMM offers grants in support of professional development (including attendance at the CAMM Conference) for staff of member museums. Grants for 50% of total cost of travel, registration and lodging are available up to $750. Monies are limited so apply early. Download application:
2018 Annual Conference
Images from the 2018 Conference in Bermuda. Images contributed by CAMM members and the staff of the National Museum of Bermuda. Thank you!
The Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival was first held in 1984 by an informal group of river lovers. It’s a weekend of fun, exciting, and safe whitewater activities. May 18th & 19th, 2019 marks the 36th anniversary of this great event on the Upper Clackamas River. The goal is to provide you with a place to learn, to challenge, to bond and simply spend a GREAT weekend with your fellow boaters. Please consider volunteering for the festival!
Enter to win an OS Systems Drysuit! Enter for a chance to win a custom built drysuit from our great local manufacturer! A $5 raffle ticket could be your ticket to the most comfortable drysuit made. Visit the registration booth at the festival for your chance at this great opportunity.
The Hudson River Greenland Festival returns to Croton Point Park June 20 – 23, 2019!
Traditional Kayaking may be just what you are looking for. A passionate group of Mentors will offer the opportunity to either discover a new skill or further enhance the repertoire of any Greenlandic paddler.
Come explore these very practical strokes, braces, rescues and rolling skills.
Bill caught the “Greenland” bug at Delmarva in 2010 where he built his first F1 skin-on-frame kayak. His favorite roll is the front pry. He enjoys surfing and day trips on bumpy ocean water. However, he is certain he has attended more rolling practices than paddles. He “pays it forward,” usually spending part of each rolling practice tutoring, teaching rolling through AMC as a Sea Kayak Leader, and helping as a mentor at Delmarva and HRGF. He proves that even a big inflexible guy can roll with enough practice and mentoring.
Luke is a sea kayak instructor, with a focus on rolling and more recently, traditional paddling. After trying a Greenland paddle in a rolling session several years ago, he put away his euro blade and never looked back. He combined his experience as a photo and video professional with his love of kayaking and started Kayak Hipster, with the goal of capturing outdoor adventures and sharing kayaking tips.
Will is a founder of Massachusetts’ Walden Qajaq Society (1999), which brought to Qajaq USA events a unique instructional method to teach rolling. That style is now used by many mentors and in many traditional kayaking events. Will started his mentoring in 2003; he has taught at all the QUSA events and is one of the most sought out mentors. Will has never met a stranger, quickly puts his students at ease, and makes qajaqing fun. Don’t be surprised when you make that roll you thought was out of your reach.
Meet Pam Powers from the northeast of the USA. Pam is a Greenland enthusiast. Rolling is her happy place, her Zen. You’ll find her on the water as soon as it thaws in the spring and until the refreeze of the lakes in the fall. One of Pam’s greatest achievements was the build of her own wooden kayak. Be sure to ask her about it as she loves to share her story.Pam is looking forward to getting acquainted with returning students and new ones and helping them achieve their goals.
See you on the water!
Pat has been kayaking since 2002. Her then-husband was always “working” on the boat. A couple friends took her out kayaking and she was hooked. She’d gone kayaking a few times in the previous decades but never realized the possibilities. She had quite a few years where she logged more miles in the kayak then her ex logged on the powerboat.
She has built 4 kayaks and is active in Qajaq USA. She has mentored at HRGF and also at Delmarva. She has served on YPRC Board in many capacities, including 2+ years as Commodore.
Btw her ex-husband is still working on the boat and she continues to explore local and remote water ways. Her next big kayak trip will be yet another week on the Mississippi this summer.
Lisa started using a Greenland paddle within a year of acquiring her first kayak (2001). Hooked by the grace and elegance of both the Greenland paddle and the mentoring ways, she’s a happy student of Greenland skills. Lisa has been learning and then passing on that knowledge while attending HRGF and the Delmarva Paddler’s Retreat for over 10 years; and SSTIKS in 2015. She thinks helping people roll and take their skills to a new level is one of life’s treats.
Chris stumbled into kayaking late in 2012, and quickly found himself obsessed. Fall turned into winter and he discovered that he far preferred the foul weather days with wind and rain which led him to seek out a sexy used low-profile Greenland kayak, and then he needed to figure out how to roll it. A few years have gone by since then, and with a few more rolls under his belt, and even more love for foul weather and rough water, he became a founding member of Small Craft Advisory: a group of dedicated paddlers who love to teach each other both traditional and modern skills for both fair weather and foul. Having attended several Qajaq USA events since then, he felt it was time to pay it back, and has come home to roost at HRGF. When not paddling or rolling or surfing in a kayak, he is either buried in IT work, or treating patients as an acupuncturist.
Shannon is from Rhode Island and is new to the Greenland Kayaking experience. She was first introduced at last year’s HRGF. At first, she wasn’t sure she would do it because of her fear of being stuck in a sit in kayak (she has a sit on top) but a friend convinced her to try it. Although the friend wasn’t able to make it, she ran into some old friends and made a few new ones and quickly got over her fear of being stuck. Now, she’s stuck on Greenland style kayaking. Although her skills are still in beginner stage, she is looking forward to mastering a few with the help of her friends.
Shannon likes to be on the water and uses her kayak for fishing. At Delmarva last year she built her own skin on frame kayak and hopes, with the help of her friends, she will be able to master her kayaking skills. She also hopes to teach others how to fly fish from their kayaks. Join her this year to learn some new skills on fishing from your kayak.
Ed Lamon III
Ed’s first exposure to Greenland style paddling was a visit to the first HRGF at Norrie State Park. He fell in love with the elegance of the qajaq and the skinny stick. Sparked, he built his first Greenland paddle with plans from the Qajaq USA website. It was a wonderful teacher and dancing partner.
The following HRGF sparked his first skin-on-frame which he launched at the third HRGF in ’05.
That led to a wall full of paddles and a house full of kayaks, 12 yrs. of the Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, a few visits to SSTIKS and every HRGF (-1, my daughter Heather’s Wedding).
He loves the dance. Pay it forward.
Taro Ietaka is a professional naturalist specializing in fungi and terrestrial plants. As such, he had no interest in kayaking or the water until a paddling expedition forced upon him by work a few years ago. Ever since then he has been making up for lost time. Fungi have been neglected in favor of Greenland rolling. “A paddle isn’t complete unless you end up wet.” ACA-certified Coastal Kayak Trip Leader, L2 instructor, guide for Hudson River Expeditions.
QajaqTC is an intimate gathering of qajaq paddlers, rollers, and builders of all levels. The event is limited to 60 people, is located at a paddle-in YMCA camp, and brags about having the best food around. Our activities range far and wide as we explore native Greenlandic culture and skills. Visit our website to learn more about the guests, clinics, and presentations for 2019.
|When:||August 22 – 25, 2019|
|Contact:||Qajaq TC E4472 State Road M28 Au Train, MI. 49806|