Erik Simula bending wood to make a birch bark canoe from scratch in Ojibway fashion.

BBCP Agenda Aug 8-9 and 12-13

Primary projects this week:

  • Finish mid-hull, side- bark horizontal lacing on Tuesday

Secondary projects:

  • Complete inwale-thwart assembly and place in bark hull on sheer posts
  • Carve cedar outwales and ash gunwale pegs
  • Prepare spruce root (watap) for gunwale lacing
  • Layout and cut birch bark scallops for gunwale reinforcing
  • Make cedar wood-watap gunwale clamps

Remember there is a potluck dinner on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at EFS in collaboration with YMCA Camp Du Nord Singers. Birch Bark Canoe Project members are welcome to the potluck (bring a dish or food to share).

This upcoming weekend (Aug. 12-13) is Ely Folk School’s Canoe Country Traditions themed event. We will be working on the bark canoe both Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm. Saturday at 11 am -1 pm will be a focus on steam bending cedar canoe ribs. Everyone is welcome to participate throughout the weekend!

Here are some pictures of our ongoing Birch Bark Canoe Project 2017! (Click to enlarge)

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