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Making a kayak…

August 3, 2019

67639743_2650367668331485_4991604463060910080_nTraditional kayak makers bent their kayak ribs using their teeth to crush the wood grain. Dick Bunyan was photographed using this technique in Hooper Bay. Human teeth marks are clearly visible on many of the kayak ribs and other bentwood artifacts from the Nunalleq site, as in this example from c. 1600.


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  1. voirrey a quillin permalink
    August 5, 2019 07:26

    Do you know what kind of wood was used ? for the ribs, (was it chewed crushed when the timber was fresh ?I see from the photo that the ribs were then held in that shape by would it be strips of leather? and the other parts of the kayaks what was the preferred wood? and was that what you found ?. was the wood found or felled by themselves or traded ? There must be huge amounts of wood found on the site form house frames, walls ,walk ways what kind of wood is that?. Where did that come from? What about the masks ect? I have just started working with small found bits of bog wood (stumps) Scots pine some oak, from the high hills above Applecross maybe 300 years old the timber was felled about then . The wood still has life in it, still smelling and polishing up well . have any of your local carvers started working any of the found wood.? Thank you for your news and your amazing work . Regards Sheila Quillin (sheilatheshaper).

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