If you are like me, you have probably marvelled at the design, utility and sheer beauty of an authentic birch bark canoe. Canoes that come from the land and are created by master craftsmen who have learned the ancient skill of canoe building with birch bark.
Yup, well that is all very fancy talk, but the truth is, birchbark canoes are fascinating and seeing how they are built, no, “crafted” is amazing. These were the vessel of choice of the native woodland people, who used the birch bark for canoes, baskets, and more.
With that in mind, I am suggesting you check out Beaver Bark Canoes featuring the work of Ferdy Goode. Ferdy is a craftsman/artist from Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, United States, who creates canoes, baskets, snowshoes using Native American tribal methods and designs. His site is a learning experience, and he has a Picassa Web Album that shows how an authentic birchbark canoe is made using the style of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Indians of the Lake Superior Band built in northern Wisconsin. You can see the photos at this link, LacDuFlambeauOjibweStyleCanoe
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