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Earl's canoe - video

Discussion in 'Birchbarks, Dugouts and Primitive Craft' started by Rob Stevens, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Has anyone viewed a video entitled, "Earl's Canoe"?
    Here is a description;
    In this documentary we meet Earl Nyholm and watch him select materials to build a traditional Birchbark canoe. We watch the entire process from eppling bark to stitching the canoes parts together

    Is it worth getting if I want to build a birchbark canoe?
  2. dboles

    dboles LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Never heard of that title. National Film Board has Cesars Canoe,that is OK.Im always on the lookout for birch building instruction where can you find Earls Canoe?
  3. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

  4. OP
    Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    I have seen Caesar's Canoe by the National Film Board. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any narrative.

    There is a 5 minute clip of the 27 minute Earl's canoe found at;
    Although Earl is Ojibway, he speaks English.

    There is also info about where it can be purchased.
  5. beaver

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

    This is a great film! This documentation by the Smithsonian is very well done. I was fortunate to actually meet Earl and his family on Madeline Island in Lake Superior when they were building this birchbark canoe. It has been aired on Public TV here in Wisconsin several times. Earl is probably the only Ojibwe canoe builder that speaks his native language fluently, any where in the U.S.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2006
  6. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    I believe I've seen it on Public TV, but never caught the title, if it's the one i saw, is good. (the Madeline Island location is what I saw so it's likely the "Earl" film.)


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