Tuesday, May 18, 2010

8 Dragon

I met John Rogers of 8 Dragon Custom Kayaks this last weekend at the 2010 Paddlefest in Ladysmith. John was good enough to let me do a brief video interview with him. His intarsia-style kayaks are beautiful, and he has an interesting alternative method of holding hatch covers in place.

John builds his kayaks on Gabriola Island and can be reached at rogersj(at)shaw.ca.

John was not the only person with a wooden boat at Paddlefest, but his were the best looking. It was great to see the Chathams, and the Pygmy boats, and the baidarka-style homebuilds. There was a certain amount of prejudice against Greenland-style paddles, but, as usual, your mileage may vary on issues like that.

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