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Jocko Carle and Basil Smith pitching a newly made birchbark canoe prior to launching ; from ''Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe'', photo Henri Vaillancourt 1980

Jocko Carle and Basil Smith pitching a newly made birchbark canoe prior to launching ; from ''Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe'', photo Henri Vaillancourt 1980

Building birchbark canoes - step by step instructions

Building birchbark canoes - step by step instructions

Basil splitting cedar for the planking of a birchbark canoe . Birchbark canoes often have planking a mere 1/16 '' in thickness ; from  ''Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe '' ; photo Henri Vaillancourt ; Maniwaki Quebec 1980

Basil splitting cedar for the planking of a birchbark canoe . Birchbark canoes often have planking a mere 1/16 '' in thickness ; from ''Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe '' ; photo Henri Vaillancourt ; Maniwaki Quebec 1980

Jocko Carle pounding the ribs into the hull of a new birchbark canoe. Eastern birchbark canoes are reinforced with a complete system of ribs and planking ; some western Canadian and Alaskan birchbark canoes were built with a light rib and batten construction , not unlike the Eskimo kayak ; from ''Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe '' ; photo Henri Vaillancourt ; Maniwaki Quebec 1980.

Jocko Carle pounding the ribs into the hull of a new birchbark canoe. Eastern birchbark canoes are reinforced with a complete system of ribs and planking ; some western Canadian and Alaskan birchbark canoes were built with a light rib and batten construction , not unlike the Eskimo kayak ; from ''Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe '' ; photo Henri Vaillancourt ; Maniwaki Quebec 1980.

Making A Birchbark Canoe

Making A Birchbark Canoe

Basil Smith uses split spruce root to sew the seams of a new birchbark canoe . The birchbark  has been laid out on a sand building bed and staked into the shape of the canoe ; from '' Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe '' ; photo Henri Vaillancourt , Maniwaki , Quebec 1980

Basil Smith uses split spruce root to sew the seams of a new birchbark canoe . The birchbark has been laid out on a sand building bed and staked into the shape of the canoe ; from '' Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe '' ; photo Henri Vaillancourt , Maniwaki , Quebec 1980

Laying out a sheet of bark for a new birchbark canoe . The gunnels are weighted on the birchbark sheet ...the bark is  then bent up along the sides into the shape of the canoe ; from ''Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe '' ; photo Henri Vaillancourt ; Maniwaki, Quebec , 1980

Laying out a sheet of bark for a new birchbark canoe . The gunnels are weighted on the birchbark sheet ...the bark is then bent up along the sides into the shape of the canoe ; from ''Building an Algonquin Birchbark Canoe '' ; photo Henri Vaillancourt ; Maniwaki, Quebec , 1980

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