First Post

Welcome to the Friends of the Porkies Folk School blog. For this, our 13th season, we have anexciting line up of class offerings featuring a mix of returning and new instructors and a varietyof arts and crafts to pique your interest…

Greenland Kayak Paddle

The first Folk School class of the season got off to a great start with students designing and crafting their own West Greenland kayak paddle.  They started off by finding their wingspan plus a cubit.  What’s a cubit?  It’s the measurement from your elbow to your fingertips.  That distance was used to determine the length of the paddle.  They also had to determine the length of the loom (where you hold the paddle) and the width of the blade using their own body measurements; the combination of these measurements is what makes the paddle a perfect fit for the individual kayak-er.  Once these numbers were gathered, all of the measurements were transferred onto a cedar 2’ x 4’ x 8’ …