Matchstick Lake

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Big Dirty - Northmen Outdoors

A few close friends of mine just dropped this video that features their new line of musky/pike lures. If your into supporting true Canadian and local made products that won't let you down, especially when you're out on the water this season... I would order a few Big Dirty Bucktails from the guys over at Northmen Outdoors. Also if you go and check out their facebook page, like and share this video for your chance to win a Big Dirty and a Northmen Outdoors T-shirt. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ti-Jean Goes Lumbering

A classic from the National Film Board of Canada.
"Ten-year-old Ti-Jean's feats dwarf those of even the strongest lumberjack as he fells timber,
cuts, carries and piles heavy logs, and comes out the victor in every contest. 
This short French-Canadian folk tale portrays typical life and work in a winter logging camp."


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Chapeau Boys

I think of the Ottawa Valley and The Pontiac Region of Quebec as my second home. 
Being away from it now for over a year has really made me realize what it means to me. 
I can only hope that some day I will be back. Until that time, I take to this old lumbering tune. 
Despite some questionable terms, it is a true classic. 
Bellow is one of many lumber marks that was used by J.R. Booth. 


Chapeau Boys 

I am a young fellow 
Pat Gregg is my name 
I live in the Chapeau 
That village of fame
For singing and dancing 
And all sorts of fun
The boys from the Chapeau 
Can not be outdone.

A while on your patience 
I beg to intrude 
I hired for Fitzgerald 
He's an agent for Booth 
To go up on Black River 
So far, far away
On the old Caldwell farm,
For to make the hay.

We packed up our clothes 
On the eleventh day of July,
Bob Humphrey, Girard, Ned Murphey and I.
And straight way to Pembroke 
Our luggage did take,
Where we boarded the Empress
And sailed up the lake.

In leaving Fort William 
A place you all know 
We tuned up our fiddles 
And rosined our bow.
Our silver strings ran out 
With a clear, trilling noise, 
And the Oiseau Rock echoed 
"Well done Chapeau Boys."

We went to Des Joachims 
We landed all right 
We walked fifteen miles 
Up to Retty's that night.
There we were made welcome 
The truth for to speak
It would be our desire 
To stay there a week.

Next morning we left
With good wished and smiles 
From there to the Caldwell 
Was forty-six miles
North over the Mountain
Bow showed us the route
And when we got there 
We were nearly done out.

The board at the farm 
The truth for to tell
Could not be surpassed
In the Russell Hotel. 
We had roast beef and mutton
Our tea sweet and strong 
And good early roses 
Full six inches long. 

We had custard, rice pudding
And sweet apple pies
Good bread and fresh butter 
Which would you surprise;
White cabbage, cucumbers
Boiled, pickled and raw,
And the leg of a beaver 
We stole from a squaw.

When the haying was over
We packed up our duds 
We shouldered our turkeys
And off to the woods.
To fall tall pines 
With our axes and saws 
We terrified animals 
Indians and squaws.

Our boys they are jolly;
They dance and they sing 
We feel just as happy 
As an emperor or king.
We have seven good fiddlers
There is none of them drones
And Michael, my brother,
Can rattle the bones. 

When our drive it is over 
I hope 'twill be soon
We expect to get done 
By the last week of June. 
If the Lord spares our lives 
To go home in the spring 
We will make the new hall 
At the Chapeau to ring.

Now I think it is time 
For to finish my song 
For I really believe 
I have kept you too long, 
Our Cook's getting sleepy 
He's nodding his head 
So we'll all say our prayers boys 
And roll into bed. 


Monday, September 23, 2013

The Canadian Forest

As it is National Forest week, I thought I should come out of hiding and maybe put together a post that expresses my love of forestry and the bush in general. While digging through some old forestry magazines a couple months ago, I stumbled upon this great piece in a June issue of Pulp and Paper Magazine of Canada from 1951. The Pulp and Paper Industry of Canada commissioned several paintings under the banner "Industry and Art". The six paintings in this instalment were to depict the main species used for pulpwood in the industry. The purpose behind these paintings was in hope to inspire the general public and create greater interest in woodland activities and operations nationwide. The six artists behind these paintings were Thoreau MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Albert Cloutier, Charles F. Comfort, J.A. Casson, and finally, and Franklin Arbuckle. There is no finer resource on the planet and we should all be thankful for what the forests give us. Happy National Forest Week!


-Balsam-
"A fine study in contrasts in the Gatineau country by Charles F. Comfor whose works include mural decorations in the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Vancouver Hotel, and stone carvings in the Central Station, Montreal."

-Spruce-
"A typical stand in a black spruce swamp in the Algonquin Park area in Ontario painted by Thoreau MacDonald. He is the son of the late J.E.H. MacDonald, one of the original members of the Group of Seven."
 -Western Hemlock-
"A typical stand in the southern coastal region of British Columbia by Franklin Arbuckle who has painted the Canadian scene from Vancouver to Cape Breton and from the southern boarder to the Northwest Territories."
-Jack Pine-
"Frontier sentinels in the Peace River district characteristically portrayed by A.Y. Jackson who, with J.E.H. MacDonald in 1913, suggested that Canadian artists should throw their musty traditions overboard and paint their own country in their own way."
 -Hemlock-
"Painted in the Quebec forests along the shores of the Ottawa River by Albert Cloutier. A number of Albert Cloutier's canvases are in the possession of the National Gallery. He is noted for his pictures of Quebec, particularly the Laurentians and the Lower St. Lawrence."
-Poplar-
"An early spring scene in the Madawaska region portrayed by J.A. Casson. His pictures have been widely exhibited throughout the world and his work is well represented in most of the galleries in Canada."

Monday, July 29, 2013

Searching for a Sea of Blue

With my last totally free weekend before I head back to school, yeah that's right school... 
Starting Tuesday I will be heading off to university to further my education in forestry. 
With that said, I spent my last study free Saturday looking for blueberries. 
Never hurts to have bear spray with you, especially when your a good ways from a main road. 
You can bet that as much as you're looking for natures blue bounty, there will be a bear or two also looking. 
Honestly I don't even know if this can of spray would do anything, have had it in my cruising vest for some time now.
 I guess the comfort is in knowing that I have never used it. 
It's probably still a bit early as you can tell by the bush above, however it's never a bad idea to scope out an area.
The good thing about blueberries is you can generally find them anywhere. 
I find myself sticking to dryer sandy sites with evident rock outcropping. 
Older clear cuts often offer great opportunities to fill your pails.
Within a few minutes.
Once you find them its hard to stop picking. With the rain picking up, I opted to head back to the truck.
Spot marked for my return...
Berries put to good use...