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Teaching a treasured and ancient craft in birch bark

 

Last updated 9/24/2012 at 11:17pm

The aim of the Canoe Store project is to restore the art of the birch bark canoe. Here is a recreation of the part that birch bark canoes played in transportation and communication some 250 years ago.

The aim of the Canoe Store project is to restore the art of the birch bark canoe. Here is a recreation of the part that birch bark canoes played in transportation and communication some 250 years ago.

SPOKANE, WA—The Bark Canoe Store opened in 2000 in Spokane. Originally it began operating by making birch bark canoes and it expanded to provide birch bark for cabinet and furniture and construction. Then it expanded to accessories and things that might go along with birch bark canoes like Hudson Bay axes, packs, materials. Then came delivery of birch bark canoe building classes.

“We are known for taking courses to communities, often First Nation communities,” says John Lindeman, owner. “I wanted the building of birch bark canoes to revive by going to the people who originally built...



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