From a Wooden Canoe: Reflections on Canoeing, Camping, and Classic Equipment Paperback – Sep 8 2000
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Collected from his "Traditions" column for Canoe and Kayak Magazine, From a Wooden Canoe pays tribute to the trusty hunting jackets that never seem to wear out, the sharpened pocket knives that men wear like badges, and the union suits they'll take to the grave. Dennis even dedicates a chapter to the unquestionable brilliance of duct tape. The atmosphere here is rustic do-it-yourself, memorializing a time when coated nylon was a fad and canvas was the standard. If you get misty for all that is well built and steeped in tradition, reading Jerry Dennis will be more like settling back down in front of the wood stove--a welcome respite from the chill of modern life. --Ben Tiffany --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“From a Wooden Canoe is the most satisfying kind of nature writing because it makes you want to get up and get out. Give these essays a good read, and then find your own canoe.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“[Dennis] brings a bright, childlike eagerness to these days on the stream or in the field and forest, burnishing their memory with thoughtfulness and elegance.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Anything [Dennis] writes is worthy of a place on your nightstand, alongside your favorite recliner, or in a special spot on the bookshelf to be taken down from time to time and revisited like an old friend.” ―Oakland Press
“With this reader, Dennis is preaching to the converted. But I suspect even city slickers couldn't help but warm to his opinions.” ―Seattle Times
“More than anything, Dennis offers us an appreciation of the simpler things in life that many times pass us by in our break-neck pace of living. He shows us that just off the beaten path is a slower avenue, taken by countless generations before us and still available to enjoy if only we would take the time to look.” ―The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“Michigan is lucky to have and have had such clear voices speaking for it as Voelker and Dennis.” ―Gray's Sporting JournalSee all Product Description
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In all this is an odd but worthwhile book, definitely more enjoyable to someone who has spent some time in the wilds, though.
The book brought bittersweet memories of frosty camps, my father watching a snowy tree line, the sweet smell of cedar from a hundred swamps. It is cabined on a special shelf with Harrison, McPhee, McGuane, and Abbey.
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I read this book quickly while commuting to and from work. I've taken several canoe trips in my life, some even in canvas and wood canoes. Read morePublished on July 12 2001 by Frederick Hayek
The publisher takes a political liberty of reader consent to print this book without reviewing the "knee deep only" dimensions of the topics, the slight current reader... Read morePublished on June 3 2001
I would mostly rather paddle than read about paddling, but when I can't, I like to read someone who can make pictures appear in my head. Read morePublished on May 13 1999 by Darren Bush
How does he do it? Jerry Dennis goes beyond the outward appearance of an object and explores far deeper realms, conjuring up the romance and resonance of pocketknives, tents... Read morePublished on May 13 1999
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