Lacing the Canoe

Recently, I purchased a Birch bark replica canoe from John Lindman of the Bark Canoe Store in Spokane, Washington.  He supplied me with the artificial Watap (Indian word for Spruce root)  and instructions on how to lace the gunnels.

The gunnel in the foreground is laced in a few spots to hold the canoe together for delivery.


This gunnel is completely laced including some bark accents.


The lacing is done by wrapping the Watap around the gunnel through holes drilled into the hull.  The gunnel cap is then attached to the gunnel on top of the lacing to protect it from abrasion.

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The finished wrap including the bark accents.


Next I painted the edge of the canoe and stenciled in some figures on the bow and stern.

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I will fill the wrapping holes with pine tar and she will be ready to go down the Green River!

About Gabe the Shootist

I am retired from public service, a trained gunsmith, pump mechanic, an old pipeliner, passable electrician, carpenter, truck driver, amateur blacksmith, proof reader, experienced hunter, shooter, reloader, avid canoeist, Renaissance man, jack of all trades, all around good guy (with the caveat: I won't be insulted, lied to or laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.).
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3 Responses to Lacing the Canoe

  1. Beautiful my friend absolutely beautiful! Would look good on the “Big Lake”

  2. coyotejoe says:

    I bet a little 10 horse Evinrude would make that thing scoot. LOL

  3. Ron Parks says:

    Looks really nice.

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