Archive | Birch Bark Canoe Project

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Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan

Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan (Birch Bark Canoe) In recent years there has been a movement to learn about Anishinaabemowin and traditional skills including how to build a wiigwaasi-jiimaan. The Birch Bark Canoe Project (BBCP), at the Ely Folk School, is a gathering place of valuable knowledge for the Ely area community and those traveling through.  The birch bark […]

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BBCP Schedule

Birch Bark Canoe Project – Ely Folk School 2021 Schedule Week 1 Sunday, June 20 1-4 pm Welcome & BBCP overviewInspecting & washing bark canoesProcessing spruce rootsLashing gunwales & cutwater endsCarving & fitting cedar planks Week 2 Sunday, June 27 1-4 pm Processing spruce rootsLashing gunwales & cutwater endsCarving & fitting cedar planks & ribs […]

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2021 BBCP Registration

Thank you for your interest in the Birch Bark Canoe Project! You can use this form to register for working on the canoe and/or to donate to the project. We encourage folks to come and observe as often as you like, free of charge. Thank you! BBCP Registration form for BBCP 2021. Name* First Last […]

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BBCP Update

Thanks to instructor Erik Simula, birchbark canoe building has been a ‘flagship’ of the Ely Folk School since we launched in spring 2015.  Erik facilitated a team of EFS volunteers and students who crafted our first canoe, a 14-footer, literally from the ground up: first by gathering spruce root, pitch, cedar and birchbark in the […]

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Birch Bark Canoe Project Extended to Fall

The Birch Bark Canoe Project has been extended into September and October and will meet on Sundays from 1-5 pm for eight weeks. We will meet in the North Classroom at the Ely Folk School (use alley door). The next session, Week One of the Fall Schedule, will be on Sunday, September 8th from 1-5 pm. We […]

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BBCP August 12

This summer’s final week 14 of the Birch Bark Canoe Project is Monday, August 12, 2019, from 5-9 pm in the North Classroom at the Ely Folk School (use alley door). A potluck is planned for 6 pm to celebrate the closing of another cherished season of community canoe building. The evening will include work […]

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BBCP July 22

Greetings! Week 11 of the Birch Bark Canoe Project is Monday, July 22, 2019, from 5-9 pm in the North Classroom at the Ely Folk School (use alley door). This week we steam-bend and peg cedar gunwale caps, carve planks, lash gunwales, and prepare to rib and pitch. Please bring comfortable leather gloves. Thank you […]

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2019 BBCP Welcome

Dear Canoe Builders, Friends, and Supporters: Greetings! We are excited to offer the 2019 Birch Bark Canoe Project (BBCP) at the Ely Folk School; handcrafting, learning, and sharing! Welcome to Ely’s Birch Bark Canoe Project (BBCP)! Thank you to all of our participants and supporters! We respectfully honor the Anishinaabe origin of the birch bark […]

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BBCP Wrap up & Potluck

Dear Canoe Builders and Friends, Early Autumn Greetings! It’s been a rewarding summer of birch bark canoe building – with a focus on community camaraderie, cultural awareness, learning, and respect. Thank you to everyone who participated or supported the Birch Bark Canoe Project and Ely Folk School. We are wrapping up the season this week with […]

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