A kayak Christmas card to all our friends from all over the world.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The first class was held not far from where I live today. A group of outdoor students from a nearby university asked me if I would do a class with them. I said yes, why not?.. and on we went. I'm still in touch with one of the students, and her kayak is still going strong.
My level of frustration may have been a bit higher back then, but it all went well in good spirit and the kayaks came out real nicely. I had never imagined myself as a self employed craftsman, but it seems that is what I have become. A combination of design and archaeology.
Uh... and these pictures just came back from the photo lab:
Thomas with his triple kayak. He already has one triple from earlier, so with this, he and his wife can now be touring with their 4 kids in 2 kayaks :)
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Today, 10 years ago was the day I started my blog. I just read trough the first entries and yes, my world has changed a bit. And also...yes, my world hasn't changed much :)
The blog was created for two reasons:
First to fill in what my website did not offer, by giving customers and other people a peep into my world. I felt like sharing some of the projects I worked around every day. I felt it was too good to keep to myself, and the few other people who would occasionally pop by.
The other reason for the blog was the Norway circumnavigation in 2011. To be able to take time off to do this amazing trip, I needed to use it for marketing of my products also. But writing a blog about the trip was quite a gamble - what if the trip went bad and I had to quit paddling after a week :( If the kayak would sink and the paddle would break?
Well, all in all it has all been good.
I have not been the most consistent blogger, but looking back, there has been quite a lot of good stories and beautiful pictures along the way.
Today, like most days, I offer a glimpse of my work day just as it is RIGHT NOW
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
|Bjørn and Jakob. The Chapel in the background.|
|Jon David doing land drills for rolling.|
|Jannie going through fundamentals|
|Morning yoga with Charlotte|
|Advanced rolling class with Jon David.|
|Jon David in his beautiful skin-om-frame kayak built with Anders.|
|Randi rolling / Static bracing|
|The paddle making class|
|Bjørn Hesthamar, lives in Tromsø - loves the arctic. |
A big thank you to all the participants you give so much back to us with all your good spirits and positive energy. We hope to see you all again :). And Dubside - we missed you especially!
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Sunday, February 2, 2020
I also have Jannie working with me part time helping me out with sales, administration and running paddling classes. She and I have been working hard these past months to be able to launch my new website/webshop. Throughout this year, we will make all resources from the old website www.kajakkspesialisten.no accessible on the new webshop platform. We're currently working on integrating both movies and written articles in the webshop.
While working on that, we discussed many things. One of the bigger subject was how are Kajakkspesialistens paddles different from other paddles. And one of the many things we came up with, is that the whole production process and the fact that every paddle is 100 percent handmade and made of locally grown wood makes it a very sustainable and environmentally friendly paddle. One could almost say carbon neutral even though it's not certified in any way.
So we came up with this funny little text 'I'm carbon neutral'. And it actually has a double meaning... you can figure that out yourself :)! We love it!
Please visit our new website and check out the new paddles. I have worked up quite a stock now so I can assure a fast delivery. Click on the link below:
New website and webshop.
Apart from that, the weather is unusually for February. Little snow and warm temperatures. On the positive side you can paddle without too much hazzle.