Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith – Day 1

This week sees an incredibly unique course taking place right here in the UK, in celebration of Woodlore’s 30th Anniversary. The Birch Bark Canoe Building Course started yesterday afternoon, and has brought together some highly influential figures from the world of Bushcraft.

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Ray Mears begins carving his canoe paddle

Almost a decade after they first joined forces for the legendary Birch Bark Canoe episode of Bushcraft Survival, Ray Mears and Pinock Smith – the revered Algonquin Indian canoe builder – have teamed up once again for this very special course.

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Introducing legendary canoe builder, Pinock Smith

And, if two masters of the outdoors weren’t quite enough, students will also have the company of our special guest for the week, Mr. Lars Falt.

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Pinock working alongside our very special guest for the week, the one and only Lars Falt

We visited the course site yesterday afternoon in glorious sunshine, ahead of the students’ arrival. Ray, Pinock and Lars were already hard at work in the shade, carving two canoe paddles while catching up on years gone by.

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Lars and Pinock taking some paddle carving tips from Ray

With a superb team in place and the sun due to continue, this week looks set to be a very memorable course for all involved. We’ll be visiting each day to give you a behind-the-scenes look at this once-in-a-lifetime course, so stay tuned to the blog for updates on the group’s progress.

Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith

Ray taking a break to survey his work

The Woodlore Team

5 thoughts on “Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears and Pinock Smith – Day 1

  1. Rhoda Baines

    My husband is in his element, he lives and breathes these skills and teaching in his daily profession, and this fantastic collaboration to celebrate the 30th Anniversary, is wonderful. The years of experience in one location being shared with students, means a great deal to the fans.

    Happy 30th Anniversary, can’t wait to see the end product.

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