Old Fort William

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July 8 I travelled to Atikokan, Ontario, and Quetico Provincial Park. A lovely place, breathtaking scenery, I was treated to an amazing tour by Val Fraser.

Val showed me a sash that had been found in the area, a lovely example of 19th century work.

Val Fraser, Carol, and sash

Val Fraser, Carol, and sash

Old Fort William in Thunder Bay was the site of a RendezVous July 9-13 and I was there. The David Thompson Brigade made a spectacular arrival on July 12. Canoe after canoe paddling up to the shore.

David Thompson Brigade Arrival

David Thompson Brigade Arrival

I was honored to meet Professor Kirk Wipper, Founder of the Canadian Canoe Museum.

I also had the pleasure of chatting with Barry Wolframe, retired carpenter at Old Fort William, and fingerweaver extraordinaire.

Carol and Barry, sashweavers both

Carol and Barry, sashweavers both

I’ve just competed a pair of suspenders for a client who intends to wear them at a Big Event in his life soon.

Special order fingerweaving

Special order fingerweaving

I have also been corresponding with Steve Pretty of the Braid Society in the UK. We are working on an article to appear in the Braid Society publication ‘Strands’, featuring the technique for the ‘bias weave’ or ‘oblique method’, as well as a biographical piece on Carol James

Sample made using 'biasweave' method

Sample made using 'biasweave' method

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