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Carving the Cree Hunter's Shovel

Course Overview

The snow shovel has been essential to survival in the north for untold millennia. The materials have changed, but the design has remained more or less the same: sturdy, lightweight and efficient. Inspired by the 1974 documentary film "Cree Hunters of the Mistassini," you will use simple, ancient methods to craft a very useful snow shovel from a birch log. Using the axe and crooked knife, you’ll learn techniques that can be applied to canoe paddles, snowshoe frames and other woodworking projects as well. Leave with new skills and a new shovel to inspire your snow removal efforts throughout the long winter.

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