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Canoe Building with Duluth Folk School
August 5, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 9

Today certainly took a turn none of us were hoping for! One of the folks who has worked on the canoe over the past two weeks had a family member test positive for COVID. In an effort to be as safe as possible, we ended the youth-facing portion of the canoe build. We were sadContinue Reading
Canoe Building with Duluth Folk School
August 4, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 8

We’re in the phase of our canoe build that requires a fair amount of repetitive detail work. All the rivets are in place, we did our final steam bending, and now we’re cleaning things up. Tomorrow, we should be able to start sewing the fabric cover! This program is made possible with the generous supportContinue Reading
Canoe Building with Duluth Folk School
August 3, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 7

The weather was predicted to be calm overnight, so we gambled on being able to keep the tent up. We guessed wrong. When we arrived this morning, it was to a bit of a shambles: Fortunately, we were able to recover relatively quickly, and had everything back up and (more or less) spic-and-span before theContinue Reading
Canoe Building with Duluth Folk School
August 2, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 6

After a restful weekend, we were back to canoe building today! There were a few new faces helping us today, but mostly, everyone had already put in several days, and knew how to work on the canoe, and what needed to be done. Today, we installed the inwales, trimmed the ribs, and riveted the ribsContinue Reading
Canoe Building with Duluth Folk School
July 30, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 5

Today is the end of our first week of building a canoe! We finally turned the canoe over, we steamed the secondary ribs, and fitted all the secondary ribs into place. We’ve already lashed 99 joints, and we have another 88 or so to go. The guidance we’ve received from Dennis, from Urban Boatbuilders, hasContinue Reading
Canoe Building with Duluth Folk School
July 29, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 4

Our canoe is really taking shape! Today we did some fine-tuning, and then we did a lot of lashing, where we tied the ribs to the stringers using an artificial sinew. We still have a couple more stringers to go, and then tomorrow, we’ll get to do more steaming! This program is made possible withContinue Reading
July 28, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 3

We started the day with a vaguely football-shaped big oval of wood, and started adding master ribs. The master ribs are the first real sign that this big pile of sticks is actually going to turn into a canoe! Halfway through the day, the weather forced us indoors. Fortunately, the Boys & Girls Club ofContinue Reading
July 27, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 2

We took the tent down last night, knowing that storms were coming, and it’s a good thing we did! Setting up this morning was quick and easy. And after yesterday’s HOT weather, today’s cool breeze was, well, a breath of fresh air! Yesterday, we steam-bent most of the ribs for the canoe, started cleaning upContinue Reading
Canoe Building with Duluth Folk School
July 26, 2021

Building a Canoe, Day 1

Today is our first day of canoe building with Men as Peacemakers and Boys & Girls Club of the Northland! And we couldn’t have done it without Dennis coming up from Urban Boatbuilders in St. Paul, to help us deliver this great program! The temperatures are HOT, but we have a tent for shade, andContinue Reading

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