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From the Dance Plaza House Post Carvings - Dale Faulstich, Lead Carver and Designer.
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Friday, July 25, 2009

Jamestown Canoe Journey Blog 



Blog for July 25


Today was our last practice before the journey, and we worked hard.

New red life jackets were purchased for the crew of the E’ow-itza – very fashionable!

We discussed some of the details of the Jamestown Landing, and of the journey itself. Friday July 31st will be a busy day, as the crew of the Laxaynəm takes off at 9 a.m. to meet the incoming canoes at Dungeness Spit, while the crew of the E’ow-itza stays on shore for the blessing of the canoe at 1 p.m. We’ll all meet on the beach between 2 and 4 p.m., welcoming our guests from afar, and then share a meal, singing and drumming with them that evening. 

Steve Johnson, Andrew Sampson, Kissendrah Johnson and Unique Robinson guide the E’ow-itza from the trailer into the water.

People always gather when we are getting ready to take off and take photos of us with our Coast Salish canoes and colorful paddles.

On today’s practice, Marlin directed us north to the mouth of the bay, where we got caught in the current and had to turn back. In the process, we all pulled very hard for 20-30 minutes trying to get past the tip of Travis Spit. We were all in good spirits, it was a gorgeous day on the water, and we all understood that even a tough 3 hour pull in Sequim Bay can’t compare to the workout we’re going to get on Saturday when we pull 25 miles to Port Townsend.

After we left there, we headed into calm waters on the east side of the Bay.

Here, Taya Dancel, a puller on the Laxaynəm, can be seen in the foreground, with the crew of the E’ow-itza in the distance.

Several weddings took place on the grounds of the Marina while we were out on the water, and on the way back in, we could see one couple tying the knot, complete with acoustic guitar music and lots of guests. As we pulled into the marina, they walked toward the Dockside Grill Restaurant for their wedding reception.

Here’s Paul, Jessica, Betty, Kissendrah, Unique and
Andrew coming back into the dock.


There were two articles in the local newspapers about us this week:

Peninsula Daily News 7-26-09

Sequim Gazette 7-22-09

There is a lot of information about the specifics of the landing at Suquamish on their website at www.tribaljourneys2009.com

The experience of paddle making:

Several of us made paddles this month with Tribal artist/musician Jeff Monson. The Tribe provided beautiful Alaska Yellow Cedar planks.

A pattern is drawn on the wood and rough cut with a bandsaw.









A center line is drawn on the wood to guide the carver in evenly removing wood from both sides of the paddle.

Jeff  rough-shapes the paddles using a power planer.


Then the puller works on his or her own paddle, planing and sanding it until it is a thin, smooth shape that fits the puller’s hand and body.

Here are Betty and Irv’s paddles after they
have been planed and sanded.


Many of the paddles that Jeff has made for Jamestown crew have the seawolf design on them, but each person who makes his or her own paddle may choose whatever design they would like to adorn their paddle. Irv wanted a raven on his paddle, so Betty designed something and transferred her drawing onto the wood.

Here is Irv’s raven paddle, painted, but not yet finished.

The final step is to finish and protect the wood with
several coats of urethane

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