Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith – Behind the Scenes

With so many photos being taken on this year’s Birch Bark Canoe Building Course, there were to bound to be some images which didn’t make it into our daily blog updates.

Here are a few extra shots from our archives to give you a better look behind the scenes of this seminal course:

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Old friends Lars Fält and Ray Mears share a moment between carving

 

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Work begins on splitting a hefty length of ash

 

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

‘The Wedge’

 

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

It’s a team effort as the ash is split even further, in preparation for its use as the inwales and outwales of the canoe

 

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Team member Dan Hume helps to prepare the ceremonial sweat lodge

 

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Senior Assistant Steve Corbyn gets stuck in as the canoe begins to take shape

 

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Lars and his grandson join Pinock for a well-earned rest on the final day

 

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

The team proudly present their picturesque craft

For more information on next year’s course, or to book your own place, please visit the Birch Bark Canoe Building course page.

About Woodlore Team

Woodlore, The School of Wilderness Bushcraft, was founded in 1983 by the British Bushcraft expert Ray Mears.
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One Response to Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith – Behind the Scenes

  1. Just great!

    It fantastic to see a group of people all working together for a shared achievement, not personal gain. At the end of the week the greatest creation is not the Canoe, but friendship and communion! Something that there is not enough of on this planet.

    That’s one the many reasons why I love Bushcraft!

    Peace

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