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06 January 2008, 01:10 pm

I'd like to see a photo of that, Jim, if you've got one. I built a garvey myself years ago because I lived on a drain-out cove. They're quite a boat.

05 January 2008, 04:53 pm

Hey Uncle Gordon:-)

We missed you at christmas.
I took my girlfriend to this site, it is the first time i have been here as well, cool site.


Jim Plant
New Jersey
01 January 2008, 11:40 pm

Hellow Gordon Bok;
You Don't Know me ,but my name is Jim Plant and I play guitar.
I just got done with a 3 year restoration on a 22 ft barnigat bay claming garvey and will put it back to work in march.
CU Jim

Don Simms
29 December 2007, 03:55 pm

I found you on the new music service called Pandora. You are played frequently on Garnet Rogers station. I've got to order at least a couple of your albums. Old Fat Boat is my favorite. You are one of the reasons I'm relocating from Colorado to the Atlantic Northeast.

21 December 2007, 12:15 pm

Thanks, Dave. I thought that was a wonderful festival, and was sorry I could only be there that one time. The company was grand.

Dave Ward
Canada - Ontario
20 December 2007, 10:17 pm

Gordon. I have fond memories of your performance at our "Songs of Sail" festival in Penetanguishene Ontario some years ago. I was a volunteer at this event, driving performers back and forth from their digs at Jim MacMillan's place and the festival site. Unfortunately, Songs of Sail no longer exists but I shall always cherish the memory of yourself and Margaret McArthur, John Allen Cameron and Louis Killen. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

Dave Ward.

29 November 2007, 03:41 pm

Tom, years back I made a tune called Weehawken Ramble, but it had no words, and it was of such a twisty disposition that I doubt anyone would have tried to put words to it. Have you tried the Mudcat Cafe website?
Good luck.

Tom Rohr
25 November 2007, 12:15 pm

I've been a great fan of Gordon's music for many years.
There's a Great White Whale of an obscure
song I've been looking for for some time now. About 25 years ago on the radio in Chicago I heard a singer-songwriter sing a song about that "Weehawken Moon" across the river from Manhatten. I didn't get his name and I never heard the song again. Rich Warren, host of "The Midnight Special" on WFMT in Chicago thinks that Gordon did a song with "Weehawken" in the title around that time. Can you give me any information on this?

Alex Carver
11 November 2007, 09:20 am

Gordon, we are a small A cappella group in Middlebury Vermont currently rehearsing Hearth and Fire in a three part arrangement. I have must have sung other songs of yours over the years because your name is familiar. I just wanted to say how fantastic this one is I happen to be on the Bass part and am very moved while singing it. I'd love to buy it recorded is it available on any cd's in three parts? Thanks and I'll look you up if I make it to Camden

Alex Carver Ripton VT.

tins woldow rutan
10 November 2007, 06:31 pm

Dear Gordon,
I hope that you, or someone you know; can help me to track down some music. I am trying to find a cassette recording or CD of a piece written by Robert Burnes and performed by Jean Redpath.The piece is called The Dusty Miller. All the internet leads have come to no fruition, even her own site leaves me without a contact. Got any suggestions?
Have a good Thanksgiving. Sincerely,TWR

09 November 2007, 04:30 pm

Todd, that was written by Dave Goulder. He is in Rosehall, by Lairg, Scotland. I never recorded that song, by the way, though I have sung it in concert. Maybe you can convince Dave to record it....

Art Ringwald
02 November 2007, 09:02 pm

I hope you come back to Minnesota again. I helped my 12 year old granddaughter discover your music, and she loves it. She is learning the penny whistle and violin, and has learned to play some of your songs on them. Both my wife and I have enjoyed your music for many years, and hope you can return for another concert here.

Bill Leavenworth
02 November 2007, 01:28 pm

Well, Gordon,
Your woodcarvings have always portrayed something that music, being transitory, must necessarily transit. They evoke a state of being in time at a particular place, distilled and made vital. You perform a duet with wood, and the result is like a lasting final note, framed in silence.
Hi to Carol,
Stay well,

Todd Sagin
31 October 2007, 05:02 pm

Dear Gordon-
Years ago I had a recording that I believe was you singing a song about a drunkard, Iver the Driver. My old recording tapes have long disintegrated and I have been unable to find the song again and would love to have the words (I can remember the tune). Can you help me locate a recording or the words?

Tina Woldow Rutan
31 October 2007, 02:20 pm

Dear Gordon,
I had a moment free to search the internet for you. Try looking up this wood. Manzanilo wood. It grows in Manzanillo,state of Jalisco , Mexico.
It was used by the conquistadors, a sturdy and dense wood; for building Spanish galleons in the mid 15th century.I don't know the latin name for this tree. I have also seen refernces to a spanish olive tree called a manzanilla tree.That wood is available in California. The Manzanillo wood is available through Rockler.com, a woodworker's supply company. Their phone number is 800 279 4441. Hope this helps. Sincerely, TWR

Tina Woldow Rutan
20 October 2007, 05:50 pm

Dear Gordon,
I will look into that Madrona wood more when i go out to CA. I can't recall if the bark was shedding. It may come off in flakes like a sycamore or european plain tree, certainly not like cedar. The song to which you refer ,is that the one that tells the story of the young woman transformed into an Arbutus? It always brings tears to my eyes but is so beautiful.
I am almost finished with physical therapy now, I'm restless and frustrated by this thigh to ankle brace that i have been bound to for the past 3 1/2 months. I might as well have been chained and shackled to the floor like a prisoner for what it has done for my mental outlook. I can go out no further than my own dooryard for a walk and ocassionaly get a car ride with a family member. I brood and bide my time till the day the doctor allows me to drive again. My own brother refers to me now as "the swallow";i.e. the Capistrano variety. I am only truly happy when i am on the move.
My trusty car sits taunting me out by the driveway...
In any case, i expect I will be mobile again by spring and will try to make it to the concert in PA then. Otherwise you know i'll make it to a concert sometime in the next 4 seasons. Have a safe and restful winter,send my greetings to Carol. Sincerely, TWR

19 October 2007, 04:37 pm

Gordon: Years ago a friend gave me a tape of recorded songs including "Hearth and Fire". I have worn the tape out. Is there an album (I'm dating myself) or CD with that song? I love your rendition. Thanks.

19 October 2007, 12:05 pm

Thank you, Tina. I believe that Madrona is the same tree spoken of in the ballad "The Arbutus", in Paddy Graber's version. It sheds its bark, but (if I have it right ) not its leaves.
Hope to see you again sometime.

Tina Woldow Rutan
18 October 2007, 09:54 pm

Dear Gordon,
On my travels to California to see my parents and sister, I came across a plant in the mountains that I had not seen before . I was told it was Madrona wood also known as Mexican or Mountain Mahogeny. It looks something like rhodedendron in its general conformation, the bark is smooth and is a warm light mahogeny color, the leaves are ovoid and shiny.
I know it is used in Northern California for making bowls and small utensils. I imagine a good botanical garden out there could help give you more information. I don't know if the plant grows wide enough to harvest boards from it. I would guess a very mature plant might have a diameter of 14 inches..but that's just a guess because it grows so slowly. I will be visiting relatives in CA in late November. I could ask around then for more information if you would like that. Sincerely, TWR

Jonathan Winer
01 October 2007, 10:19 pm

1969 and amid electric caterwaul I heard weevily wheat, my true love blows she's blowing, weevily wheat, I'm going back to sea, weevily wheat, not to fit for sowing, when I come back what a loaf of bread she'll be, in Gordon's clear strong voice. Was chilled by Fundy Bay. Felt sympathy for the herring and their hunters. Began some 40 years so far of love, gratitude, respect, for Mr. Bok and all the elemental reality that he has landed on beach, dock, and rock until these later days of herrings in the basket.

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