- Measuring, marking, and cutting accurately
- Identifying wood species
- Sewing Watertight Seams
- Mixing and Applying polyurethane
This canoe engages students from day one. Its cross-sectional shape is established by steam-bending the “master” ribs around temporary molds. While one crew completes this job, another prepares the longitudinal stringers with a “radi-plane”. Yet another crew stays busy laminating the cedar stems. This “divide and conquer” approach is a rewarding way to learn the value of teamwork and efficiency.
The boat takes shape comparatively rapidly, resulting in early and lasting investment from the students. A variety of skills will be learned, and a handsome, well proportioned, and functional vessel is the tangible result. We build these every year with our apprentices and then take them on week-long wilderness trips in the Boundary Waters.