This first picture is of an old Birch Bark canoe. Not really in too good of shape. I guess pieces of it could have been used as fire starters. . .
Now, the museum is building a new one. The next two pictures show the project in process:
Did you know that in America, the Birch Bark canoe originated in New England? But, did you know that early Europeans made them? Take a look here.
I mentioned toward the end of an older blog (http://dizzydick.blogspot.com/2010/07/along-river.html) about the two canoes that I had and how good ideas on how to re-canvas them didn’t turn out too well. On down the road I fiber-glassed them. They are both gone now, but for awhile the ribs of one appeared above the water of my swamp and looked ever so much like a dinosaur skeleton. I got a store bought plastic one now, I believe it is a Coleman.
Have you ever seen white birch trees, especially in the Fall, when all the leaves are turning color? It is a beautiful sight. Get some Maples mixed in with the birch and you get shades of yellow, orange, and red – black trunks mixed in with white trunks. Quite a view, kind of makes me homesick for the Appalachian Mountains in the autumn. . .