Building a plywood canoe

Building a plywood canoe

November 12, 2018Canoe building No Comments Building a plywood canoe is child's play And so it came about that two little girls, Hanne & Leen, showed up at our shop one fine day and told us they wanted to build a plywood canoe. They gathered that building a plywood canoe was the ideal method for novice builders such as them. And [...]
Environmentally friendly wooden oars

Environmentally friendly wooden oars

November 5, 2018Paddle making No Comments Traditional wooden oars for Austria In recent weeks we have been busy making two traditional wooden oars for an Austrian customer. They are made from wind-dried European ash wood. This, in contrast to oven-dried wood, retains its natural flexibility. Flex is very important for wooden oars but also for canoe paddles. It gives a second [...]
Canoeing on the Meuse

Canoeing on the Meuse

September 21, 2018Paddling, Tips No Comments Canoeing on the Meuse Canoeing on the Meuse? Does not sound fascinating, and yet. In the northern French département de la Meuse, the river is not yet the channeled river that it becomes from the Belgian city of Namur. On the contrary, it is a particularly beautiful and natural water course that flows through a [...]
Workshop Greenland kayak paddle

Workshop Greenland kayak paddle

June 5, 2018Paddle making, Workshop reports No Comments Making a Greenland kayak paddle with Hans and Michaël Hans and Michaël are two experienced sea kayakkers with a special interest in Greenland style paddling and rolling. To practice their skills they both wanted to have a custom made Greenland kayak paddle.  Mass produced Greenland kayak paddles only come in a couple of sizes. Mostly [...]
10-day Wooden Canoe Building Course

10-day Wooden Canoe Building Course

April 30, 2018Canoe building, Workshop reports No Comments Wooden Canoe Building Course Our new Wooden Canoe Building Course is compacted in an intensive 10-day working period. If you want to learn to build a canoe in a condensed period because you don't have the time to spread it out over several months, this is the solution for you. Our first participant was Joonhwa [...]
Canoeing on the Semois

Canoeing on the Semois

November 28, 2017Paddling No Comments Two days of canoeing on the Semois The Semois region, in the southwest of Belgium near the French border, is a strangely underestimated region. During the low season you are often completely alone. In the canoe you paddle through the splendid scenery of the beautiful meanders of the Semois. It is the only Belgian river [...]
Building a wooden canoe

Building a wooden canoe

October 20, 2017Canoe building, Workshop reports 1 Comment An expedition canoe for Peter We've started building a wooden canoe for Peter. Peter has been canoeing and kayaking for forty years now. He started with his parents when he was 8 and is still very passionate about it. He is what you might call a discerning customer who knows exactly what he wants. It [...]
Making a Greenland Paddle

Making a Greenland Paddle

October 17, 2017Paddle making, Workshop reports 1 Comment Workshop - Making a Greenland Paddle Making a Greenland paddle by yourself? It's possible during a workshop at Freeranger Canoe. Sea kayaker Tom joined us last week to carve his own cedar Greenland paddle. While Tom is already convinced why he should be making a Greenland paddle for himself here are some of the great [...]
Building a stitch and glue canoe

Building a stitch and glue canoe

October 3, 2017Canoe building, Workshop reports No Comments Building a stitch and glue canoe with Wouter Wouter has been dreaming for along time of building his own canoe. The next few weeks we realize that dream with him. We'll be building a stitch and glue canoe inspired by the classic Canadian Prospector. It will be a compact, 460 cm long, tandem canoe designed [...]
Making your own laminated wooden canoe paddle

Making your own laminated wooden canoe paddle

October 2, 2017Paddle making, Workshop reports 1 Comment Making your own laminated wooden canoe paddle Our paddling friend Herman made a laminated wooden canoe paddle during a two day building course. He decided to make a classic beavertal paddle because he needs a bigger blade with lots of catch. Herman customized his paddle with a longer shaft and a wider grip than we [...]
Canoeing on the Dommel

Canoeing on the Dommel

September 20, 2017Paddling No Comments To prove that you don’t have to drive hundreds of kilometers for beautiful canoe trips, we decided to paddle the entire navigable part of the Dommel. That stretch is ± 85 kilometers long and flows from Neerpelt in Belgium to its mouth in the Meuse in 's-Hertogenbosch. From Neerpelt to Valkenswaard, one natural reserve. An [...]
Building an Abenaki river canoe

Building an Abenaki river canoe

August 4, 2017Canoe building, Workshop reports No Comments Building a canoe with Dries With Dries we've started building a canoe. Dries is a carpenter and takes a workshop canoe building with us. In consultation he chose to build an Abenaki river canoe. It's our new model that will be launched at the Open Canoe Festival at the Weerribben the second weekend of september. The Abenaki [...]
Canoeing the Ruhr River

Canoeing the Ruhr River

May 18, 2017Paddling No Comments Canoeing the Ruhr River A couple of  weeks ago; Our plans to paddle the Sieg River were aborted because the water levels were far too low. We decided to make a trip on the Ruhr because it has been dammed up and thus navigable. From Fröndenberg to Schwerte The source of the Ruhr is near [...]
Canoeing in Overijssel – the Regge River

Canoeing in Overijssel – the Regge River

May 5, 2017Paddling No Comments Canoeing in Overijssel (NL) - Paddling the Regge and Linderbeek For our first trip of 2017 we went canoeing in Overijssel, a province in the central-eastern part of the Netherlands. To the southeast of the province's surface is mostly sandy, interspersed with small rivers such as the Regge and Linderbeek. Like the rest of the [...]
Workshop Greenland paddle

Workshop Greenland paddle

April 4, 2017Paddle making, Workshop reports No Comments During Kayak Madness at the Kanoshop in Bergschenhoek near Rotterdam we gave a workshop Greenland paddle for two enthusiastic participants. They shaped their own Greenland paddle out of a board of Ayous. (All photos courtesy of Guy Bastijns)
Hiking in Morocco – the Jebel Sirwa

Hiking in Morocco – the Jebel Sirwa

January 4, 2017Hiking No Comments Hiking in Morocco - the Jebel Sirwa Jbel Sirwa lies in between the High Atlas and the Anti Atlas Mountain Ranges. It is an extinct volcano surrounded by  massive gorges and great scenery that rises up to 3304m/10,843ft. It is a mere 50km from Jbel Toubkal but the scenery is dramatically different with interesting rock formations [...]
Hiking in the Alps – the Wilder Kaiser

Hiking in the Alps – the Wilder Kaiser

August 14, 2016Hiking No Comments Hiking in the Alps - the Elmauer Tor The climb to the Ellmauer Tor is an absolute classic in the Wilder Kaiser, or the Kaiser Mountains in Tirol. The beautiful walk through the big Kübelkar to the Tor leads through an impressive landscape and offers a magnificent view of the Alps and when the the [...]
Choosing a canoe

Choosing a canoe

August 4, 2016Knowledge No Comments Choosing a canoe, what to look at? Choosing a canoe can be mystifying. Yet it’s important to understand the basics because the design of a canoe has a direct effect on how the boat behaves on the water. For example, a canoe built for speed will paddle easily and efficiently. A boat built for maneuverability on the other [...]