a birchbark canoe

I built a birchbark canoe in 1999. It was a great adventure and I want to share with you how I did it.

  1. Required tools
  2. Gathering and preparing materials
  3. Preparing a building platform and canoe form
  4. Shaping the sides of the canoe
  5. Inwales and outwales
  6. Bow and stern
  7. Adding sheathing and ribs
  8. Gumming
  9. Paddling

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© Judy Kavanagh 2001