What happens when the apprentice picks up the hand plane and begins to make split bamboo fly rods? How does life at the edge of the North Woods change with the inevitable passage of time?
Author Kathy Scott answers these questions and more in Changing Planes, her newest journal of cane, fly fishing, and life, and the third of her books to be published by Alder Creek Publishing. Her first book, Moose in the Water Bamboo on the Bench, has become a classic among those who treasure split bamboo. Kathy Scott was nominated for the prestigious Rutstrum Wilderness Writers Award for her second book, Headwaters Fall as Snow.
In Changing Planes, Kathy Scott takes plane in hand, learning the craft from her husband, David Van Burgel, an experienced, highly talented, rod maker. The nature of change, the changes in nature, and the inspirations of community are intertwined in the resulting engaging journal of their lives together. Making the rod becomes a metaphor for embracing the changes in life, changes where we find ourselves living on a different plane, still good, still to be celebrated, thought not always easy to face. Readers of her other books, will be pleased to continue her story; new readers will fins an outdoor world they’ll love to share: Maine, Michigan, Labrador, the conservation community, the community that is rodmaking today. Anyone facing changes in his or her life will find themselves in these pages.
Kathy Scott is a dedicated conservationist, currently working in Atlantic Salmon restoration as well as with her high school Varsity Fly Fishing club. She has produced the DVD Simple Furled Leaders and is often found teaching their construction at fly fishing shows or trailheads. Her writing is frequently seen in Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine, the Planing Form, Powerfibers, and the Atlantic Salmon Journal</I., where her themes of fly fishing, rodmaking and immersion in the natural world continue.