In 2005, I was in the process of finishing up a master’s degree in Geology, was feeling a bit burned out on school, and wanted to take some time- maybe a year- to travel and paddle. I bought a 1994 Airstream B190, a vehicle I’ve heard (accurately) described as “The ugliest and best camper van […]
No, not making canoes. More days than not, I enjoy making canoes. I enjoy the challenges of it, of trying to continuously improve what I do. I enjoy the act of creating something physical. I enjoy seeing people enjoy the fruits of my labor. And paddling them of course. What I hate doing, but I’ve […]
Here in New Hampshire this time of year, our namesake bug is giving way to mosquitos, which means summer is setting in. We’ve had a great spring for paddling, and it’s showing little sign of letting up as we move into summer. Just this week, I got on one of my favorite local creeks, the […]
The Blackfly CNC router About a year and a half ago, I decided I needed a CNC router for Blackfly, because…well, if you look at US manufacturing data, you can see that we’re making almost twice as much in this country, with a third fewer workers than 30 years ago. With as much as we […]
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these “From the Shop” posts. Everything has been humming along here at Blackfly World headquarters, all the boats are in stock and ready to go out the door. It’s been a long, and very busy winter here in New Hampshire; it’s certainly not over yet, but […]
It’s been a long, cold winter here in New Hampshire, but it’s given me a chance to get a lot of work done. This week, big Octane plug finally headed out to the mold maker. As it always seems to be the case, it’s taking longer and costing more than I’d like but that’s just […]
If you’re coming from a whitewater canoe with thighstraps, getting the bulkhead outfitting dialed in can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be. The Blackfly saddle is designed to be a (too) tight fit for most people because its easier to carve it out than to add to it, so some cutting […]
November is kind of an exciting time around the Blackfly shop. It’s the time of year when things start to settle down bit, and gives me a chance to catch up, catch my breath, look back, and look ahead.