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First Time Out

Discussion in 'Birchbarks, Dugouts and Indigenous Craft' started by beaver, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. beaver

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

    :cool: Young canoes like this new baby must be taken out daily to train them properly. Special care must be taken with the fragile young bark canoe. Soon they will grow to full sized canoes and be enjoyed for years to come. FG

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  2. OP

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

    Canoe Care

    :cool: I have found that the best foods to make your baby grow are fresh air, sunshine, and clear clean water. Also goode dosages of TLC. It may take several years for your canoe to reach full size depending on how much you feed it. Canoes rarely exceed 18' at full maturity. FG
  3. For care of birchbark, here is advice from 'The Complete Book of Canoeing':

    " Birchbark canoes are usually coated with spar varnish, or they may be covered with a clear fiberglass. "


  4. OP

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

    Bad Idea

    :cool: The BARKCANOE is alive and has a spirit. By sealing the canoe with a none traditional material the canoe is unable to breath thus shortening the life span of this beautiful craft. FG
  5. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member


    Rest assured that Martin was passing along this tidbit with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek!

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