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Here are some highlights from our shoot in September. Please HELP US SHOOT MORE with a year-end, tax-deductible gift here or click on the link in the side bar (one is tax-deductible, the other is not). Enjoy the footage!
My friend Dick Haskett, a very handy woodworker, came up with the idea to make a set of salad tongs in the likeness of a pair of canoe paddles. It was like this little revelation: you think, “well duh, someone must have done this already.” Something you feel like you’ve already seen, and grasped – but you haven’t. It’s just so natural that it seems familiar, even though it’s brand new.
He offered that single set at the silent auction for our fundraiser in the spring of 2010, and it was probably the most popular thing there. When I asked him about the possibility of making them in some quantity to help raise money for the project, he tinkered around in his wood shop up on the farm in North Branch Minnesota and finally came up with the idea to cut ‘blanks,’ which could then be crafted into paddles using a variety of tools, and hand sanding. I helped him out a bit and we managed to push out another half dozen sets, and I think they’re pretty damn nice. And we will make many more, if people want more. I am asking for $100 contribution toward the project for this premium. I know – no one needs a pair of canoe paddle salad tongs that badly. You have to want to see this film get made too. Thanks.
In 1949 Sigurd Olson wrote, directed, and starred with his son Robert (whom I interviewed some sixty years later) in a 16mm, 30-minute color film entitled “Wilderness Canoe Country” to call attention to the issue of the increasing use of bush planes to fly sportsmen in to fishing resorts. ?Filmed by naturalist and photographer Grant Halladay and narrated by famed broadcaster Paul Harvey, it tells the story of a father and son on a wilderness canoe trip in the Quetico-Superior, whose solitude is shattered when a bush plane lands nearby. “The Film built more vital support for the airplane ban in northeastern Minnesota than all of the speeches, articles, and other conservationist propaganda put together” (David Backes, from “A Wilderness Within ? The Life of Sigurd F. Olson“). President Truman signed the executive order thanks to Sig’s efforts, and the ban stands to this day. Of course there are new threats… ?
Some behind the scenes silliness: