Birch Bark Canoes: Traditional Construction
Explore the history, construction, and use of the Native American birch bark canoe in this hands-on course. Paddled for centuries on the lakes and rivers of the interior, all the necessary materials can be sustainably harvested from a healthy boreal forest: birch bark, cedar, spruce root, and spruce gum. During the course you will work on several birch bark canoes in different stages of construction. Coursework includes harvesting and processing materials, canoe design characteristics, hand tool usage, traditional construction techniques, and historical use. This is a rare learning opportunity for anyone interested in the construction and history of the birch bark canoe.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- outdoor clothing including boots, forest clothing and raingear and insect headnet
- leather gloves
- pocket knife (available for purchase)
- day pack
- bag lunch
- insect repellent
- crooked knife
- draw knife
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.