Reports from previous years are here:
2013 North House Wooden Boat Show
2014 North House Wooden Boat Show
More information about North House Folk School is here: http://www.northhouse.org/index.htm
We attend as volunteers with Urban Boatbuilders, a non-profit youth development organization.
UBB shows a few boats each year constructed by youth in the program working with professional boat builder/ instructors and volunteers. This year the offerings included a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, canoe and Norwegian pram. All the boats are skin-on-frame style construction using traditional boat-building techniques- very light and beautiful. It was a fun year for me as I participated in prototyping 3 of the boats- new designs for UBB- including the SUP, kayak and canoe.
In addition to displays of northwoods craft, the celebration includes a community chowder feed, music and folk dancing and a solstice pageant. Lots of fun. Here are a few pictures from the trip (click on the thumbnails for a larger version):
|Me with Angela, one of the UBB boatbuilding instructors|
|The UBB boats on display|
|13 foot SOF kayak- 23 pounds!|
|Norwegian pram- new this year|
|An interested attendee trying out the SUP|
|Angela doing a headstand on the SUP- brave- that water is cold!|
We did some exploring in the Superior National Forest on the way home...
|Somewhere north of Pancore Lake|
|Pancore Lake trail|
|Exploring in the Superior National Forest|
|Poplar River was running stong|
|The lupines were in bloom- invasive to Minnesota but pretty|
It was a short trip but enjoyable none-the-less.