We deliver Adzes
12 August 2009 | Garove
Chris and I visited Geto, Garove's master canoe builder. Chris told me that Geto builds the most elegant canoes that he's seen in the Pacific. We were followed to his house by a group a school children
that were waiting for class to start. Geto, an older fellow with
strings tied around the tops of his calves, was still sleeping when we
arrived but he was very happy to receive the two adzes the Chris had
brought for him and showed it with bursts of laughter and an indelible
After admiring the craftsmanship of the canoes in his
yard we decided to head back to meet Alison and Cleo so that we could
present the letters from White Oak Elementary School to the students
in Garove. On the way back we stopped to see the children's new
classrooms for grades 1-3. They are made of bush materiels and open to the air.
Posters of ABCs and other things that I've long forgotten line the
walls. The teacher was still not there yet but that didn't stop the
kids from reciting their ABCs for us and singing a few songs they know. I got
it all on video so keep an eye on the OceansWatch YouTube Channel.
They all got a kick out of me showing them the little LCD on the video
camera while panning around the crowd.