Steve Cayard - Birchbark Canoe Builder

Ash Leaf 16, 2005

About the canoe

The etchings on this 16-foot canoe, a double-curve motif incorporating ash leaves, was inspired by the birchbark art of late Nineteenth Century Passamaquoddy birchbark canoe builder Tomah Joseph. The night it was finished, a barred owl hooted repeatedly from a tree directly over the workshop, which I took as a nod from the spirit of Tomah Joe, whose personal emblem was a barred owl. Inside beam 29, depth 11 1/2
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