Thursday, August 7, 2008


My daughter and grandson came to Minnesota which was a super treat for grandpa. Owen is 9 months old and already has a special personality.

Golfing With Dad

While in Minnesota I found some time to golf with my Dad at Gunflint Hills Golf Course. He beat me the first time out even though he is 86 years old and had open heart-valve replacement surgery with a pacemaker this past March.

A Visit with Marv

On the way to Grand Marais, my son Joe and I stopped in Faribault and had breakfast with Marv Kaisersatt. After breakfast we visited probably the best apartment I have ever seen, the woodcarvers dream.

The apartment is really an outstanding carving museum.

Joe could not take it all in during the short visit but he made a good attempt.

Carving Classes in Grand Marais, Minnesota

I taught a couple of carving classes at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. L-R Wayne Hensche, Tim Nyberg, Eric Herfendal, Roger Mitchell and John McCormick.
The North House is a great place to take classes as it is located on Lake Superior right next to camp ground and within walking distance to town. L-R David Brensiger, Larry Piety, Leonard Forss, Mark Eyler, and Tim Nyberg. Students were from Georgia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Hawaii. (yes the fellow from Hawaii is a surfer)

David Brensiger (Georgia) carves a Scandinavian woman in one day.

David Bressiger and Larry Piety carve a Scandinavian man (Ole)on the second day after carving the woman (Lena) the first day.

Above are pictured the finished products after day one. Aren't these some good looking old Scandinavian women?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Fishing Trip to the BWCA

Over the two plus days Joe caught over fifteen fish (mostly smallmouth bass) This was on Seagull Lake.
This was the biggest smallmouth bass that I had ever caught (about 2 lbs)

We camped for two nights on Alpine Lake. It was a great site, with a breeze and we caught fish here also.

We ate these three bass on the second night after feasting on nice walleye the first night.

Joe (son) in the Wilderness Canoe Area

This picture was taken on day one of a three day canoe trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northeastern Minnesota. July 22, 2008