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Got to paddle this twenty-footer made by Penobscots. It was a work of art. As light as anything short of kevlar or carbon fiber, paddled beautifully, and it even smelled good.


 
Chuck Freeman
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Looks great did you build it? Building my own birch bark canoe is one of those things I've wanted to do but never had the time. I have always envied people with the ancient skills. My boys are getting to the age I might have to take the time and just do it.
 
                      
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Incredible! Only problem, if I had a canoe that beautiful, I'd never want to take it out on the water! Might just keep it in the living room all the time!
 
Derek Brewer
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Very nice...

I've always loved the thought of having a showpiece canoe like that in a livingroom as a centerpiece. Who says you have to store a canoe in the garage? 
 
Dave Bennett
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WOW!  What a gorgeous canoe.  My Dad had one built when I was just out of high school by some First People up in Northern Ontario.  I only had the opportunity to take it out on the lake once.  He kept it up in Canada where he bought it.  I don't know what happened to it but it sure was a nice canoe.  This one looks sweet too.  I am a big fan of big water canoes and you certainly have provided a beautiful example.  I have been toying with the idea of building a canoe out of heat tempered bamboo.  I have access to a huge grove of a variety that grows large enough culms to make a strip style canoe much like a cedar strip version.  I built one of those about 40 years ago and as far as I know it is still being used by a friend that bought it from me.  Now that I am "retired" I have the time to practice my crafts again so I have begun "fiddling around" with my wood working tools
 
clayton anderson
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Beautiful, I just built a willow ribbed canoe. What did they coat the birch bark with?
 
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