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10/17/14 - Current Sawbill crew member Brian Henry captured this calm day optical illusion a couple of days ago when we were enjoying a gorgeous stretch of Indian summer. - Bill


Which way is up?

10/12/14 - Our very own Cindy Lou Hansen got back today from a four day shoemaking class taught by Jason Hovatter at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. "I can't even begin to tell you how many steps went into making these," she said as she showed off her beautiful new pair of shoes, "No pun intended!" - Peter

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We're trying to convince Cindy to switch careers from canoe outfitting to shoemaking. She could call her business Lou's Shoes!

10/10/14 - Here are the two latest segments of the Cook County West End News aired on October 9th and October 2nd on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

10/8/14 - Curt Iverson, from Decorah, Iowa, was the lone camper in the Sawbill Lake Campground last night. He is enjoying the solitude and the wild beauty of October, in spite of some challenging weather.

Curt was kind enough to share some of his photos with us. - Bill

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Campsite #34 is looking pretty cozy. Photo by Curt Iverson.

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The view from the Sawbill Lake canoe landing early this morning. Photo by Curt Iverson.

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The view from Curt's Wenonah Prism on Sawbill Lake yesterday. Photo by Curt Iverson.

10/7/14 - We had a pleasant visit today from longtime Sawbill campers Gaelynn and Paul Tressler and their Cocker Spaniel, Clara. Gaelynn is a well known violinist from Duluth, so she and Sawbill dobro player Bill spent many quiet afternoon hours in the store talking about local musicians, opportunities, and events. - Peter

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Paul, Gaelynn, and Bill in front of the Sawbill store.

10/5/14 - Farmers used to note the first snow on the pumpkins. Here at Sawbill, we celebrate the first snow on the Wenonahs.

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10/4/14 - The first snow of the season fell today. We've had snow showers off and on all day, but no accumulation. - Bill

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Chuck Aase, from Prior Lake, Minnesota, is one of our most loyal Sawbill campers. It's hard to see, but the white spots in the picture are the first snowflakes of this season.

10/1/14 - We are so proud of former Sawbill crew member, Clare Hansen, on her official swearing in as an attorney in the State of Montana.

Clare is the daughter of current Sawbill Canoe Outfitters owners, Cindy and Bill Hansen. She is the granddaughter of Sawbill Outfitters founders, Mary Alice and Frank Hansen.

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Clare Hansen - newly minted attorney - in front of the Montana Legislature.

Today is the day that permits no longer need to be reserved for overnight BWCA Wilderness canoe trips. Permits are still required, but you can self-issue them for free at any entry point.

You will be able to make an overnight permit reservation for the 2015 season starting in the third week of January at www.recreation.gov. - Bill

9/27/14 - Here is the latest edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

9/23/14 - We are having perfect Indian summer weather, with brilliant red maples and golden birch set against a background of evergreens and cedar. - Peter

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The Honeymoon Trail has some of the best local fall colors.

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This afternoon I hiked to the summit of Eagle Mountain (the highest point in Minnesota) for a breathtaking view.

9/21/14 - Last night our local band The Spruce Roots treated us to a homegrown concert at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais. Good company, good music, good food, and good beer - what could be better? - Peter

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Jim Elverhoy on the harmonica, our very own Bill Hansen on the dobro, former crewmember Eric Frost on the guitar, and the amazing Jessa Frost with the fiddle.

9/20/14 - Joe Daniels, Peace Corps member and former Sawbill crew member, sent us this picture rocking a classic Sawbill t-shirt at the rim of an active volcano in Nicaragua.

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Joe Daniels relaxing on the edge of the abyss in his stylish Sawbill t-shirt.

9/18/14 - It is the end of the season, which means that it is time to phase out some of our older but still perfectly useful equipment. We now have a large assortment of lifejackets, packs, tents, and miscellaneous gear for sale at our online store.

As for used canoes, we know that many of you are anxiously waiting for our annual canoe sale. Don't worry, we are hard at work prepping the sale canoes and will post them online in the coming weeks once they are ready! - Peter

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Electric shears are handy for cutting out a new skid plate for one of the Wenonah Minnesota II sale canoes.

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Here I am using a popsicle stick to saturate the skid plate with epoxy. All of those air pockets need to be worked out!

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Once the skid plate is ready, I gently lay it in place to protect the stern of the canoe.

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A gouge in the bow gets filled with kevlar paste. Any excess can be sanded off after it dries.

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All done! Once these repairs have dried, we will recoat the hull with a fresh layer of epoxy and post it online for sale.

9/13/14 - Former Sawbill crew member, Beth Lynch, visited us a few weeks ago. She took a short canoe trip with some friends and had some great wildlife encounters. - Bill

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Beth's group was walking a portage when they heard wolves howling nearby. Beth knew that wolves sometimes use the portage trails for travel so they stepped off the trail and waited. They were rewarded by seeing this little guy trotting down the trail.

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Moose.

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Beth Lynch is comfortable in a canoe.

9/12/14 - We've been remiss in failing to introduce our newest Sawbill crew member. Brian Henry comes to us via a full career in the U.S. Forest Service. After retiring a few years ago, he terrorized the walleyes in area lakes before offering to help us out during our busy season. We threw him into the deep end of the pool on August 1st and he never looked back. His deep knowledge of the area and unflagging good cheer have been a welcome addition! Thanks Brian. - Bill

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Brian Henry in a rare moment when he doesn't have a smile on his face.

 


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