Wild Rivers Wooden Canoe Heritage Gathering

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  1. rbinhood

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    Beautiful birch bark canoe made by a local builder. Obviously, birchbark exterior. White cedar ribs and planking. Sewn with spruce roots and sealed with a mix of spruce gum, bear grease and bees wax. Ash gunnels.

    All cedar split by hand using a hatchet. Only other tool is a custom ground farrier's knife with a deer antler handle. There are no sawn boards in the canoe. Everything is hand split to follow the grain of the wood.

    The canoe starts as a birch bark envelope, and is built from the inside, out. All ribs and planking are bent and fitted in place by eye.

    birchbark1.jpg birchbark2.jpg birchbark3.jpg birchbark4.jpg birchbark5.jpg birchbark6.jpg Estimate is 400-500 hrs. to build the boat. Estimated weight is 70 lbs. for this 12' canoe. All artwork done by the builder.
     
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    Wow. That's beautiful.
     
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    Incredible!
     
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    Absolutley amazing!
     

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