Birch Bark Canoe

César’s Bark Canoe, Bernard Gosselin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

A follower of this blog sent me the link to this video about a Native American making a canoe with a dozen tools and four materials: birch bark he strips from a large birch tree, cedar splints he rives with a knife, spruce roots he ties like string and gum he works like epoxy. Yet despite his rustic materials, the canoe he makes is a thing of grace and beauty.

A fascinating and humbling film.

Posted in Craft Films
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Earl Miner
3 years ago

Thanks for posting the video, beautiful work and at 67, gives me hope.

Bill Bragdon
3 years ago

What a fantastic video! I’ll watch it again.

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