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Today is November 26, 2015

Traditional Kayak Building Workshop
December 5-13 I will be hosting Kayak builder, wildcrafter and photographer, Killiii Fish for a workshop in Black Mountain, NC. Killii has instructed similar workshops internationally and has recently returned from leading a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island with a group paddling these traditional craft. His last builder's workshop this summer was in Helsinki, Finland. He will be joining us from his home near Seattle for a unique opportunity to learn the craft of building the native style skin on frame kayak and Greenland style paddles. These incredibly strong and seaworthy craft are built without any sort of metal fastener. Joints are mortise and tenon and lashed in the same fashion as aboriginal kayaks allowing for strength and amazing lightness. (24lbs!!) For additional info and for registration go to You may also feel free to contact me at : Participation is limited to 8

When: December 5 - 13, 2015
Where: 150 Eastside Drive
Black Mountain, NC 
Contact: or Chuck Andrews 828-273-4088

Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS)
The inaugural Traditional Qajaqers of the South (TRAQS) festival will be held from March 18-20, 2016 at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center on beautiful Lake Placid in Central Florida. This will be an immersive Greenland kayaking weekend that includes paddling and rolling skills, presentations, morning yoga, kayak games and exposure to Inuit culture. We will be joined by internationally known mentors, Jame Manke and Christopher Crowhurst. We will also include a full day Greenland paddle making class led by a nationally known instructor.

When: March 18, 2016
Where: Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center
Lake Placid, Florida 
Contact: Ed Mann

Traditional Inuit Paddlers of the Southeast (TIPS)
All skill levels are welcomed to join in a fun filled weekend of learning and sharing with internationally known mentors Helen Wilson of California, Christopher Crowhurst of Minnesota, and Dubside of Maryland. Small group sessions will range from Introduction to Greenland paddling, to advanced strokes and rolling. In addition to classes, there will be optional morning yoga, evening presentations, and learning about Inuit culture and the origins of kayaking. Or you can just join a group for a relaxing lake paddle. Registration opens Jan. 1, 2016. Space is limited. For more information and updates, please see our website at www.

When: May 13 - 15, 2016
Where: Camp Fellowship, on Lake Greenwood
Waterloo, South Carolina 
Contact: Fran Symes

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