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BBCP September 6

Join us at Ely Folk School on Wednesday evenings through September 27th, between 5 and 8 pm, to help build our new birch bark canoe, or just visit and watch! September 6th agenda: Continue pegging and lashing gunwales Carve head boards Fit long-nose style stems (bent last week) Peel and split fresh spruce roots (watap) A summer’s end potluck dinner is scheduled for the […]

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BBCP August 29 & 30

Join us Tuesday and Wednesday evening, August 29 & 30 between 5 and 8 pm, at Ely Folk School to help build our new birch bark canoe (or just visit and watch.) This week we: Build canoe with Ely promotional film makers (Tuesday at 6 pm.) Continue pegging and lashing gunwales. Continue cutting out birch bark […]

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BBCP August 22 & 23

Join us Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 5 and 9 pm at Ely Folk School to help build our new birch bark canoe or just visit and watch. This week’s Agenda (August 22 & 23): Begin pegging and lashing gunwales Lace vertical gores with spruce root Continue making birch bark scallops Design, carve, split, bend, and lash long-nose style stems

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Lacing the birchbark canoe

BBCP August 15-16

Join us Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 5 and 9 pm at Ely Folk School to help build our new birch bark canoe or just visit and watch. Last week we successfully formed a large birch bark canoe hull with lots of hot water, clamps, and helping hands. This week’s Agenda (August 15 & 16): Lace spruce root horizontal seams and vertical gores Cut […]

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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 BEND 21-FOOT, MAIN HULL BARK ON WEDNESDAY 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 […]

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BBCP Agenda August 1 & 2

You are welcome to join us Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 5 and 9 pm at the Ely Folk School to help build our new birch bark canoe or to just watch and visit. Evenings are enjoyable and productive. Last week we began lacing side bark to the 20-foot-long canoe hull bottom bark using split spruce roots, on a […]

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Canoe Country Traditions

  The second weekend in August brings Canoe Country Traditions, a three-day celebration of classes featuring the importance of canoes in our region’s history as well as traditional crafts such as caning, carving and cooking. Canoes have been a primary form of transport throughout the region’s history. You can even participate in helping to build […]

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BBCPAgenda (July 25-26

Blueberry Season Greetings! You are always welcome to join us Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 5 and 9 pm at the Ely Folk School to help build our new birch bark canoe or to watch the process and visit. Last week we trimmed and laced together two very uniform and long birch bark sheets with split black spruce roots to form a […]

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BBCP July 11th & 12th

Week fourteen (July 11th & 12th) projects: Complete the gunwale-thwart assembly Finish the bark template Tarp and stake the outdoor canoe building bed wigwam frame Set up the 20-foot outdoor building table Lay out and prepare hull bark Continue processing spruce root lacing, and cedar canoe parts

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