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[ reader tips ] Simple solutions thwart Bungees

A bungee-laced thwart makes a handy reposi- tory for spare paddles and gear. An over-under- over stitch pattern provides bungee catches top and bottom. Drill and bevel the holes in the direction the

bungee will be pulled to prevent wear. Seal any raw wood with varnish. To string the bungee, tie a double overhand stopper knot on one end and thread the holes. As you go, string the bungee through drilled dowels or balls so it is easier to grab with cold or gloved hands. Pull the bungee taut and clamp it so the end is free for knotting. Tie another double overhand knot, cut the ex-

cess and flame or tape the ends. MICHAEL McCREA FREELAND, MARYLAND READER POLL:

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ames Raffan looks forward to the day he steps out for a late-June stroll and has strangers nod and wish him a “Happy Canoe Day.” Our Tumblehome columnist—author of more

than 15 books and executive director of the Ca- nadian Canoe Museum—is gunning for a new national holiday—or at least a day of joyous ob- servance. He sees momentum behind June 26th being recognized as National Canoe Day. For the past two years the museum has

hosted a floating party on June 26 to mark the historic and continued importance of canoes to Canada. Raffan decided that the party should go national and helped prod groups of canoe- ists from Halifax to Yellowknife to get on board.

Ready for a party. PHOTO: JAMES RAFFAN

He’s hoping for canoeing parties in more than 20 cities this year. “The idea is to create a citizen-driven, annual celebration,” says Raffan. “Maybe in 10 years we’ll all get the day off work to paddle.”—I.M. 7 handy Camp soap

Keep your camp bar of soap clean, dry and handy by dropping it into the toe of an old nylon stock- ing. The extra legging can be tied into a loop, letting you hang it from a tree or keep it around your neck while washing. The mesh fabric pro- duces a good lather and also acts as a modest abrasive to help scour dirt from your skin. If you drop the soap, dirt sticks to the outside of the stocking where it is easy to rinse away. Hang it to


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