Canoe History Enthusiast
I traded a few messages recently with a wooden canoe restorer who has periodically repaired canoes at the summer camp that I attended many years ago. He mentioned that the camp directors had commented that "the councilors had no feeling for the wood canvas canoes and wanted plastic" along with "what a shame it was to lose the wood/canvas canoe and camp connection." I offered to speak with the directors, counselors, or campers but I’m not really sure what to pitch or how to best present it. It occurred to me while deciding which forum category to post this message that this issue is really at the core of what the WCHA is all about. Some other camps have adopted a model of having a select few wooden canoes still around and available for use but their primary ‘daily driver’ canoes are all plastic. This is probably a reasonable approach. So what (if anything) would you recommend in a situation like this?