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Forum topic by SnowyRiver posted 11-26-2011 03:07 AM 1438 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2011 03:07 AM

I dont know how many of you get involved in building canoes and boats, but I caught this video on TV here of a guy in Northern Minnesota that works with the native indians building birchbark canoes. Its pretty incredible building a boat like this with materials from a swamp and mostly hand tools. Enjoy !

http://www.lptv.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35&Itemid=202&video=825

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN


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#1 posted 11-26-2011 03:42 AM

thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 03:57 AM

thank´s for sharing this very interressting episode :-)

I have seen how a Danish was teaching people how to build
the seagoing greenland hunting Kayak the original way they are build to fit the person who build it
becourse they use the different bodyparts to meassurre with
he is also teaching this tecnic in Greenland to the local people as well

take care
Dennis

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 05:58 AM

We have a local man here in Greenville NH who spent a few years with the Inuit Indians of Hudson Bay Ca. He learned their life styles and ways, but most of all, he learned their method of building these birch bark canoes. He’s been doing that for a living and is now working on his last commissioned canoe before he retires. I believe this last one is being built for the Louvre of Paris France. He is also well known for his work and once he retires, he plans on gathering up all his recordings and films and put together a documentary. He did tell me of the Mn gent – if they don’t know each other, they know of each other.

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 06:34 PM

Thanks Wayne.

Watched the whole thing. Amazing how those materials come together.

Paul

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#5 posted 11-27-2011 04:47 AM

Wow, that’s amazing.

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#6 posted 11-27-2011 05:53 AM

Dennis, if you have the site where you found that information let me know. I had it once but lost it. I know the human dimensions are 3x a person’s reach (or hight) for the length. The width I think is the width of their hips + 2 fists or fistmeles (fist being the closed hand without the thumb extended and fistmele being the fist with the thumb extended) which one I cannot remember. And the deck hight it the foot + ???. Then there was a dimension for a comfortable leg position which I don’t remember at all. Hey if anyone knows where this info is let me know.
MIKE

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#7 posted 11-27-2011 06:51 AM

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#8 posted 11-27-2011 06:52 AM

Mike … I am sorry I don´t know if he has a site
soince it was on a school for adults something we call highschool …. deffently not the same as
you call highschool over in the states … but it was where I meet my wife back in 1998
we both took a photo class and stayd there a half year
and there was this corse over a week we could follow 8 people build there own Kayak
very interresting to follow the build wish I had time to take a week of to make one

Dennis

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