I Want Your Outdoor Job: Fiona Westner-Ramsay and Mike Ramsay, Canoe Paddle Makers
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/16/2012 - 07:18 ] #
I Want Your Outdoor Job is a new series I have started that
finds people in the outdoor industry who are making a living doing
exactly what they love to do, and asks them how they did it.
First out of the gate are friends of the site, Fiona Westner-Ramsay and Mike Ramsay, owners of Badger Paddles based out of Huntsville, Ontario.
When not working on their canoe paddles, Fiona and Mike are the
primary caregivers for their autistic son, Makobe and actively work on autism awareness in Ontario.
1) How long have you been in business and what got you started?
Fiona: Mike and I met over 10 years ago while
working at the Toronto Sportsman Show in the Swift Canoe booth. Mike was
working for Swift and I was the guest paddle painting artist. We
married a few years later. We always had a dream to work in the outdoor
industry and own our own business. With my father (a.k.a. Poppa Badger)
being a wood worker and finisher as well as inherited owner of the
family business, Badger & Son (he was the grandson), we naturally
spent time around his shop learning the ropes, working with wood, mostly
fine furniture. more...