American Bushman

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Got 58 Minutes?

I found a link to this video yesterday on PaleoPlanet and watched the whole thing from start to finish. Then I got up this morning and watched it all again.

There is just so much information in here about not only building a birch bark canoe but also about traditional woodworking, sewing using spruce roots, waterproofing with pine pitch and animal fat, and even some axe work. These are all things I did at the Primitive Skills course with George at Briar Patch Outdoors.

I really, really enjoyed watching this video (both times) and will probably watch it again once the day's festivities are over. I probably won't use the information to build my own birch bark canoe but I could certainly apply it toward building another birch basket or even carving a spoon.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for reading,



At 10:34 AM, Blogger Eric The Cleric said...

Amazing video. thanks for sharing!

At 4:51 AM, Anonymous said...

At the beginning, as soon as he dispatched the 3-inch tree with one swift motion of applying pressure against it whileaxing it at about a 45-degree angle I knew this is a very experienced woodsman.

Give anyone else an exe and watch the hack job commence.

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Philip Werner said...

Wow this is incredible. I met a guy in Vermont a few weeks ago at a Wilderness First Aid class who told me he cross-country skied the length of Vermont (270 miles) and then build a canoe by hand and paddled back south. This video reminded me of him.


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