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Lost the paddles, won the shore

GREAT INVENTION 1

Relax, paddlers and rowers, here’s a piece of furniture you can really put your backs into. Showcasing a collection of vintage oars and paddles, Sarah Robertson’s bench draws on her summer camp days in Algonquin Provincial Park. “I have a vivid memory of the paddles hanging in racks at camp and the different patinas on them,” the Jack Lake, Ont., cottager says. So when she spotted these oars and paddles in an antiques shop, “I wanted to do something with them. I thought they’d look great on a bench.”

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Cottage Life kicks off the season with a Get-Ready Guide! 138 pages of inspiration and advice including our 2017 real estate trend report, timeless advice from seasoned cottager Roy MacGregor, 10 easy DIY jobs anyone can do, a primer on generators, easy tinnie hacks, a hard-working ATV trailer, tips for setting up the kitchen and simple opening up meals, plans for building a deer-proof planter box, and ideas for converting a trailer into a guest bunkie. Plus, the restoration of a 200-year old Cape Breton cottage, and how a couple scored a $59,000 dream cottage.
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