Building a birch bark canoe requires knowledge of where materials can be found.

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One of the most important and difficult to find is the birch bark itself. The papery kind should not be used. I find I will inspect about ten trees big enough but only one will be good.


Finding the right tree
This picture shows a good quality tree.


Carefully peeling the bark
Peeling the bark from the tree requires great care. Only a knife and hands are used as to not mark the bark.


Carrying the bark out with a taupline
Once the bark is removed it rolled up and carried out of the bush with a taupline




The bark is rolled  out on a building frame
The bark is rolled out on a building frame