Birchbark Canoe builder

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I build birchbark canoes since 1999. I taught myself the birchbark building skill through books and researches. I can build full size canoes aswell as scale models. I also make birchbark containers, chipcarved paddles, moose calls and crooked knives. I can build algonkin, montagnais, malecite or Tete de Boule canoes. Feel free to ask for prices, tips or specials orders: Francois Rothan: franz_rothan@yahoo.com Je fabrique des canots d'écorce en autodidacte depuis 1999. C'est devenu ma passion.Je construis des canots d'écorce pleine grandeur ainsi que des modèles réduits, des boites en écorce, des pagaies, des couteaux croches et des appels à orignaux. Je peux construire différents modèles de canots allant de l'algonquin au montagnais en passant par le malécite ou le Tête de Boule Dans ces pages vous pourrez jugez de la qualité de mon travail. Vous pouvez me contacter pour toute information incluant les prix, les conseils ou les demandes spéciales. François Rothan email franz_rothan@yahoo.com

mercredi 25 février 2009

Winter birchbark

Winter bark peeling


Winter bark is birch bark that is gathered earlier than Summer bark. The winter bark is harvested in my region from of May until beginning of June. On the other hand, summer bark can be peeled from mid June to August. The winter bark has a dark brown skin called cambium on which it is possible to scrape designs. It is more difficult to peel than summer bark that is why I use a piece of teflon to take off the bark carefully. Summer bark peels really easily but has a clear golden color on which it is not possible to carve.

Detail of winter bark designs on the side pannel of a malecite style canoe. The brown layer is scrapped off leaving the clear natural color underneath.