Building a wooden canoe with Herman

Building a wooden canoe with Herman

September 11, 2019Canoe building, News No Comments "In my wooden canoe I am one with nature" As an experienced paddler, Herman Pardon built an exclusive Abenaki river canoe at Freeranger Canoe. "For years I have searched for a solid, authentic wooden canoe. Until I found Bart's shop. " "I got to know Freeranger Canoe at the Open Canoe Festival in Ossenzijl (NL)," [...]
Interview with Canoe Builder Bart Deseyn

Interview with Canoe Builder Bart Deseyn

June 13, 2019News No Comments How a passion became a life style We've had the honor to be featured on the artisans blog Labois. Enjoy the read! Wood is a surprising material, from which we often forget that it also floats. In the postindustrial era, where iron, plastic and fiberglass seem to have conquered all the waters -and markets-, a [...]
Canoeing with children

Canoeing with children

February 15, 2019Knowledge No Comments Canoeing with children If you enjoy the outdoors you probably had your first experiences with adventurous activities as a child. The love for outdoor sports is a great gift to pass on to your own children. Many parents go into the woods and mountains with their offspring, but canoeing with children is also great fun [...]
Learning to canoe

Learning to canoe

December 20, 2018Knowledge No Comments Learning to canoe pays off There is no such thing as a tippy canoe .... only tippy paddlers. Nobody ever says that a bike is unstable while a canoe is 20 times wider and it would be? OK, a bicycle enjoys the gyroscopic effect of the wheels, but that is a detail. Canoeing is just [...]
Buying a canoe

Buying a canoe

November 26, 2018Knowledge No Comments Buying a canoe, what is the best choice? Earlier we wrote a post about the design of the canoe and what to look for when choosing a canoe. However, there is more to it when buying a canoe. In this post we want to give you an overview of the materials canoes are made of [...]
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 2 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 4 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 [...]