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The Power of the Canoe: Reintroducing the Art and Tradition of the Birch Bark Canoe to the Youth of the Temagami First Nation

Crooked Knives- Production Begins

In Olympia, WA, John and Xander have been busily making crooked knives, wannigan boxes, axe handles, froes, saw blades, and many other tools and implements necessary for building birch bark canoes.

Many of the tools we build for this project will be left with the young people of Bear Island so they can continue to build Birch Bark Canoes.

Check out the first couple crooked knives.  For those receiving a Crooked Knife as reward, feel free to send us suggestions as to what style of knife you would like.  We can also customize the blade for hard woods or soft woods.  The blades shown below have a very steep bevel which is good for hard woods.  For soft woods like cedar you want the blade to slice through the wood more and a shallow bevel is ideal.  More pics to come!

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