Canoe guru Ralph Frese

Ralph Frese photographed in November 2012 by Jim Newberry.

Last month, for Canoe & Kayak magazine, I was very fortunate to meet and photograph the legendary canoe builder Ralph Frese, who sadly died on December 10th. When I dropped by his store and workshop on November 20th, he was a little tired, but full of life, and quite the wisecracker. I had a great time shooting his portrait and listening to him talk about his life and work. He’ll surely be missed by many.