I had been thinking for a while about what the right holiday/New Year’s message from Folbot should be.
I could go with something simple, yet elegant:
But then we received an email from Brent Hildebrand in Frenchtown, Montana. Brent was wondering whether the wooden sled his grandfather had bought him when he was a child, which was now being used by his daughter, was made by Folbot. Indeed, it was.
In the 1980’s, Folbot had expanded its product line beyond wooden framed folding kayaks to include snow sleds — as a way to use the scrap wood generated in the kayak frame production in a positive manner. Testing of the sleds was done on the slopes of Mt. Hood in Oregon (not a lot of good snow hills in Charleston!) and the sleds were sold until the kayak frames began to be made with current aircraft grade aluminum.
Well, Brent didn’t just ask whether we ever made sleds, he sent along this beautiful photo that he agreed we could use as our holiday image.
Photo by Jodi Keating
So, on behalf of everyone at Folbot — and with thanks to Brent — we hope you have the happiest and safe holidays, and wish that we all have a wonderful New Year.