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Bark Canoes: The Art and Obsession of Tappan Adney



 
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John Jennings
The art of building Native bark canoes might have been lost were it not for the obsessive effort of Edwin Tappan Adney. Using precise calculations and notes made during interviews with Native builders, Adney built precise 1 to 5 scale models of Native and fur trade bark canoes using authentic materials and traditional techniques. Each model is accurate to the finest details: how the bark is sewn and sealed, rib and sheathing assembly, gunwale lashing and decoration. The Mariners' Museum collection is presented here with captions explaining the source, building techniques and materials used for each canoe.
152pp, Hardcover, 2004.

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