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From a Wooden Canoe: Reflections on Canoeing, Camping, and Classic Equipment Paperback – September 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 Journal
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Get the book ,enjoy the book ,reread the book!
My favorite things are those that last, stand the test of time, and serve me well. It's not something I started out believing -as is the way with youth....but over time and now in my 40's, it's certainly a comfort to throw on the same wool shirt I've had with me for almost 20 years, etc...
Apparently the author gets better with age too, I've read his other books, but this one is BY FAR my favorite and can provide either a quick escape for a story or two...or an entire day of enjoyment while trapped in a tent on a windblown lake on a trip.
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I just finished reading Dennis's collection of essays last night and I have to tell you that this book is a pure delight.Read more