Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Magic Of Wood



I like the feel of wood. It's one of the reasons that all my paddles are made of wood. If I'm going to have something in my hands for hours on end, I'd prefer it to feel warm and nearly alive. Wooden paddles give me that feeling.

When I'm not paddling in the winter, I like to cross-country ski, preferably on wooden skis. I broke my last pair a few years ago and sadly, unless one makes one's own skis, replacements are hard to find today. Garage sales are the best outlets, but even they are drying up - pun intended!

That leaves me with my other pastime: playing the guitar. I'm lucky enough to own a nice Spanish made guitar which even a non-player can sense comes alive when the strings are set in motion. It's not the best guitar I've ever played, but it's good enough to let me know there's magic in its creation. There are few experiences which can give me that sensation every time I indulge myself. Life is good!

5 comments:

Tony said...

Amazing how many kayakers also share other interests besides paddling. I have a Seagull S6 and a 12 string Washburn - and a pair of x-c skiis. Surely you must also be a geologist?

Tony :-)

Michael said...

Hey Tony, of course I'm a geologist! At least until second year university when I switched to biology. I guess that made me a geo-biologist... I used to have a 12 string as well, but pawned it in a moment of poverty about the time I switched to biology...

Kiggavik said...

Bravo Michael. You just made my evening. Now, there is a guitar waiting here at the House for you to play so you don't have to pack yours when you come to paddle the fiords of Arctic Bay.

Michael said...

Clare - I've a paddle from Igloolik to Arctic Bay on my Wish List of places to paddle for years now. So who knows, when they finally bring the airfare within reason, I'll take you up your kind offer!

Silbs said...

Bravo.It was a wonderful way to start my day. Thanks.