Steve Cayard - Birchbark Canoe Builder

Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, Maine, 2009-2010

About the workshop

In July 2009 the Penobscot Marine Museum hosted the building of a 16-foot traditional Wabanaki birchbark canoe. It was finished over a 2-week period by a group of 7 Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, and Maliseet tribal members with my help on the museum grounds. This canoe, which was named "2009 Boat of the Year" by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine, was raffled to fund another birchbark canoe building project at the museum in 2010. When the second canoe, also a 16-footer, was finished in 2010, both canoes were launched together on Penobscot Bay. Photos are © Rob Holtzman, courtesy of the Penobscot Marine Museum (unless noted otherwise.)
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