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Birch Bark Canoe Project
Harvesting Spruce Roots
with Charlie Cecil
Saturday, July 31, 2021
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Deep in the bog lies a precious resource for those who craft with natural materials. Spruce root is critical for birchbark canoe building and basketry. The beautiful white root can be used for lashing, sewing, and weaving. Because of their strength and flexibility, spruce root is ideal for the task.
Come learn how to respectfully and safely harvest spruce roots and enjoy a hike while you’re at it! Root gathered will be used in the construction of the birch bark canoe currently being built at the Ely Folk School on Sunday afternoons! You will be able to contribute to this community building project and learn the techniques for harvesting your own roots for your own basketry projects. Join the Birch Bark Canoe Project on Sunday afternoon (August 1st) to learn about processing the roots and how it is used in our canoe.
Please dress appropriately for wandering the woods and digging through moss. Consider bringing a bug net! Class will meet at the Ely Folk School and depart in carpools from there.
About the Instructor: Charlie Cecil has been living and working in the woods of northern Minnesota since 2011 when he began guiding canoe trips for the Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base. Over the years, he has guided many canoe trips, worked with sled dogs, hiked and camped all over the state. He has participated in the Ely Folk School's Birch Bark Canoe Project since the summer of 2017 which has enabled Charlie to learn a wide range of skills that he is excited to share with this community.