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Greetings From Smoky Mountains!

Discussion in 'Guestbook' started by Peter M, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. Peter M

    Peter M New Member

    Hey y'all,

    I'm new to the forms, but over the past year i have found a huge love and passion for canoeing. I spent 3 months in Maine doing week long canoe expeditions this past fall. And I am obsessed with canoe poling. I also use traditional tools and carve all my own paddles. Draw knife, spoke shave, axe, and crooked knife. I just purchased a 1970s old town Carleton Fiberglass and am hoping to get the build papers too. And my goals in the near future are making a birch bark canoe, I have read the survival of birch bark canoe which lead me to reading Tappan Adney way to much. Anyways i'm excited to be here!

    Keep your tinder dry,
    Peter M
  2. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Welcome to the WCHA.

    For further reading, you might want to look at David Gidmark's Birchbark Canoe: Living Among the Algonquin

    And for further inspiration, you might want to look at the website of birchbark builder Steve Cayard < > and that of Henri Vaillancourt < >

    WoodenBoat Magazine has run numerous articles on the techniques of birchbark building -- a search in their online index shows dozens of articles < >

    And when you start your project, please post pictures -- we love pictures here.

    Greg Nolan

  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    Peter M

    Peter M New Member

    Thank you guys! @Greg Nolan david gidmarks book is in my library, just a little far behind on my queue. And I will defiantly share once I start my build.

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