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1/4 Scale 11'8" TÍtes de Boule Hunter's Canoe

This page shows some of the steps in the construction of a 1/4 scale TÍtes de Boule Hunter's Canoe as illustrated by Adney in The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America.  This model was built with absolute accuracy to construction details and scale of components.  The finished model is 35" long.

We can model any canoe for the discriminating collector.

Click on thumbnails for a larger view.

 

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   Canoe on building bed with lacing of gunwales started.  (note Adney reference and finished stem piece)

 

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   Lacing gunwales and end of center thwart.  Two color lacing of split spruce root.

 

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   Gunwale lacing completed. (note slight crown in center of building bed)

 

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   End trimmed, ready for lacing of stem piece.

 

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   Top view of canoe on building bed.  Gunwale lacing completed.

 

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    Sewing gores.  Stitching is over split root battens.

                                                

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    Installing ribs

 

 

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   Installing gunwale caps. These are attached with wooden pegs and will be lashed at the ends.

 

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  The finished canoe.  This canoe is made with winter bark, thus the dark color.

 

Next month we will be building a full size version of this same canoe.

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Last modified: November 25, 1999