Thanks for posting, that must have been difficult. I wondered whatever happened to NT, so thanks for the news, though I wish it were not so sad.
I had a piece of walnut that had a spoon-shaped grain. I thought it would make a nice paddle and I passed the board to McCrae, who in turn passed it on to NT. NT turned it into a beautiful looking Algonquin paddle. He posted the result to p-net. I was so impressed that I got inspired to make a paddle myself. I had the board that was sawed off the log next to the board that NT used. NT had posted a photo of the Agonquin paddle, which I printed out and scaled to use as a pattern for my paddle. It was the first canoe paddle I ever made.
I had a few interchanges with NT through p-net, and I had met him at Raystown. The year after I made my paddle, I made up a stupid-ass stick with a light on it. I had the stick and the paddle at the next year's Raystown and my idea was to present the silly stick to NT as an "inspirational post" award. Get it? NT's post inspired me to make a paddle. A stick is like a (physical) post. A light signifies inspiration. Inspirational post. I guess that was about when NT's health started to deteriorate, because he didn't make it to Raystown, nor did he make many more posts to p-net.
I did not know him well. but please pass on to NT's family that he made a difference in my life. I'll remember him warmly.
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