Canoe Rentals Bonita Springs FL

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Dick's Sporting Goods
(239) 433-0216
10011 Gulf Center Drive
Fort Myers, FL
 
B & L Auto Repair
(239) 992-0437
27880 Industrial Street
Bonita Springs, FL
 
Engel`s Bicycles International
(239) 498-9913
27310 Old 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL
 
Bonita Bike & Baby
(239) 947-6377
27241 Bay Landing Drive
Bonita Springs, FL
 
Bonita Lake Resort
(239) 992-2481
26325 Old 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL
 
Imperial Bonita Estates
(239) 992-0511
27700 Bourbonniere Drive
Bonita Springs, FL
 
Custom Hitch & Trailer
(239) 949-1516
25400 Old 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL
 
Trost International Limited Inc
(239) 992-3030
25501 Trost Boulevard
Bonita Springs, FL
 
Lime Tree Park
(239) 947-0880
244 Limetree Park Drive
Bonita Springs, FL
 
Estero River Tackle & Canoe Outfitters
(239) 992-4050
20991 South Tamiami Trail
Estero, FL
 

Actor Nick Offerman Releases Canoe-building DVD

Actor Nick Offerman Releases Canoe-building DVD


From Laughs to Lapstrakes:
Actor Nick Offerman making
the move from comedy to canoes.

"The trick is finding a waterway within shooting distance of LA that can pass for Indiana. Fingers crossed..."

You might know Nick Offerman as the star of NBC's Parks & Recreation. But the Hollywood mainstay also has a place in his heart for paddling and woodworking. Want proof? In addition to acting, Offerman released a DVD April 21 on how to make canoes. PL caught up with him to get his take on building canoes and, of course, the paddling life...

When did you start canoeing, and building canoes?
I grew up working on my family's farm in Minooka, Illinois, where a beautiful little creek called the Aux Sable ran through some of my grandparent's farmland. I spent a lot of time paddling on that creek and dodging angry beavers. In addition, my family has spent time fishing in Minnesota every summer since I was 5, and I love to canoe around the lakes in that particular neck of "God's Country". I didn't build my first canoe until 2007.

How did you first start building them?
I used to build theater scenery professionally, until I moved to Los Angeles in 1997, when I switched to fine furniture. As I taught myself woodworking, someone gave me Wooden Boat magazine, and I learned that the best woodworkers are boatbuilders, as a boat has no straight lines on it and your life literally depends on your joinery. So I built a half-scale lapstrake "baby tender" as a cradle for my friend, (plans by Warren Jordan) which is a hilariously seaworthy baby bed, and I was hooked.

What do you like about it?
When you lay out a set of plans, build a mold, then a hull on top of the mold, and you begin to see the boat take shape and come to life, it feels almost magical, like a Corvette is appearing in your shop. The feeling I get from building a beautiful watercraft from a few sticks of cedar, which I can then paddle through gorgeous, serene scenery, well, it's nothing short of magisterial. I also love the simple hand tool techniques that boatbuilding requires. My work with spokes and handplanes has improved exponentially from working on the curves of a boat.

Do you have a favorite boat you've built?
That would have to be my first canoe, Huckleberry, which is a Bear Mountain Nomad design.

How many have you made, and what do you do with them?
I only have two canoes under my belt. One I paddle in California whenever I can, and the other belongs to my pal Jimmy Diresta, part of his "pay" for shooting and editing the CanoeCraft DVD. Next up is a Bear Mountain kayak, so I can paddle in the ocean.

What's your favorite canoe run?
I have yet to take a trip to an official canoe "destination". I'm looking forward to Hungtington Lake in the California Sierras. My favorite runs to date have been the creek I grew up on in Illinois, and the Upper New York Harbor where we launched Huckleberry. ...

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