the Delta

the Delta

The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is down on the delta south of Richmond. This beautiful park has nice walking trails, viewing blinds and towers. Over 300 kinds of birds have been recorded here. $5 entrance fee and $1 for a pouch of bird seed to feed the...

Good Morning 2016

Hello All. Happy New Year to you! This chilly January morning it’s beautifully sunny and clear. Sun in the winter here in Vancouver is a precious asset. During the darker winter months the sun can be quite shy and fleeting. Never to be taken for granted. I...
Japan 2015

Japan 2015

Being back on the west coast of North America again brings me that much closer to one of my favourite places in the world, Japan. I had the chance to take part in the 4th Annual Asia Oceania Kyudo Seminar recently. This trip fulfilled one of my dreams to have the...
Bald Eagles at Brackendale

Bald Eagles at Brackendale

Made a nice trip up to Brackendale yesterday with my friends Tim and Kate. It’s just up on the other side of Squamish about an hour up the 99 from Vanvcouver. There’s a nature reserve there where bald eagles congregate by the river. Plenty of salmon to...
A visit with Hector Cole

A visit with Hector Cole

Back while I was living in London I had the opportunity to visit and take a short class with Hector Cole. Hector is one of the most prominent blacksmiths in the UK specializing in creating archeologically correct pieces using tools and techniques that reach way back...
Salmon!

Salmon!

Went for a nice hike today over in North Vancouver with my friends Tim and Kate. There’s a nice trail through the woods from the Cleveland dam to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery....
new arrows

new arrows

In the last post I showed a bit about the process of last weekend, building a British longbow. I’ve been moving in the direction of making all my own things. Arrows are something that can easily be done in a smaller space with fewer tools. I really enjoy the...
birth of a british longbow

birth of a british longbow

It all began with a heavy section of Yew wood. This is the wood that traditionally was used to make a longbow of this type. Over 500 years ago this weapon was the deciding factor in many conflicts. In England any male over the age of 12 was required by law to spend...
Labyrinth in the Sand

Labyrinth in the Sand

Today I made my way down to Spanish Beach. The tide is out around lunchtime and you can walk far out into an area that’s covered in water later in the day. There’s a fellow who from time to time will construct a Labyrinth in the sand. Only there for a...
arrows, first one finished!

arrows, first one finished!

I’ve managed to finish my first arrow! Fletchings glued on and wrapped with some very nice silk thread. There are some rough edges here and there but for the first time through the process I’m very proud of it. Hoping I can get out this weekend to see how...