Carving a Niche

The way Bob Batchik tells it, it all started when he and his wife moved into a home with a wood-burning fireplace. He’d sit by the hearth carving wood shavings from kindling to get the fire going, and once it was burning well, he’d continue carving the sticks into small figures — often fish — that eventually went into the fire, too.





Improving Sailing Safety

The tragic death last summer of a Chicago-to-Mackinac sailor from the Transpac 52 Imedi led to a re-examination of life-saving techniques and equipment for sailors.

Paddling at a Dragon’s Pace

At modern-day dragon boat festivals, it’s common to paddle casually out on the water and scatter flowers on the surface to honor those whose...

Au Sable River Dream

Josh Greenberg, author and owner of Gates Au Sable Lodge, one of Michigan’s iconic trout fishing outfitters.

New Life for Old Boats

Rent an electric-powered retro runabout and cruise the waters around Saugatuck.

Not All Knives are Equal

Custom knife maker Bob Braendle makes fine knives for chefs, as well as those who go afield.

A Passion to Paint Wildlife

Artist Chris Smith knew early on he wanted to paint dogs and wildlife.