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    BIRCH BARK BEAUTY: Annie Shelby paddles one of master birch bark builder Ferdy Goode’s 17 foot Wabinaki style birch bark canoes on the Manitowish River in northern Wisconsin. A true work of art and function. Photo by Ferdy Goode. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #birchbarkcanoe #ferdygoode #beaverbarkcanoe #manitowishriver

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    A PAIR OF BEAUTIES: Two beautiful wood canvas canoes at the 2015 Midwest Regional WCHA Assembly on Crooked Lake near Lake City, Michigan. The circa 1905-09, 16ft Gerrish in the foreground was brought to its current stunning state after a difficult two year restoration. The 1954, 15ft Old Town Fifty Pound model in the background was rescued from the wood pile and brought back to its rightful condition. It is currently restorer Chris Pearson’s go-to canoe for trips on his Michigan rivers. Photo by Chris Pearson. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #crookedlake #gerrishcanoe #oldtowncanoe

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    END OF THE DAY: Evening on Lower Saint Regis Lake. The WCHA Assembly at Paul Smith’s College in New York’s Adirondack Park finds Alex Wilson paddling a Widgeon designed by Al Bratton of Woodstrip Watercraft, and built by Jim Wilson for his daughter. What a wonderful way to end the day. Photo by Betsy Wilson. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #woodstripwatercraft #albratton #wchaassembly #paulsmiths #adirondacks

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    AT THE DOCK: Taking his time, Jerry Fruetel constructed the building form and this Atkinson Traveler from plans he purchased from Rollin Thurlow of Northwoods Canoe Company. It was an extended process, but well worth it. Here she is ready for a trip in northern Minnesota. Photo by Jerry Fruetel. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #atkinsontraveler #northwoodscanoe

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    ADIRONDACK GUIDEBOAT, CIRCA. 1890: Amazingly, member Al Sienkiewicz came across an ad for this beautiful guideboat on a
    bulletin board at the small community store near his camp in the southern Adirondacks of New York State. With the assistance of Dr. Stephen Sulavik, he has identified the builder as the Seeber & Parsons Company of Old Forge, NY. The photo was taken on the shore of Snowbird Lake in Forestport, NY in the fall of 2012. Photo by Al Sienkiewicz. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #seeberparsons #adirondacks #snowbirdlake

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    LAPSTRAKES ON THE GREEN: A collection of lapstrake canoes at the 2009 Assembly, built by Geoffrey Burke, Boat Builder, of Tamworth, NH. All are built traditionally, with red oak keels, white oak steam bent ribs, grown tamarack (or hackmatack) knees for stems, grown crotches (or burls) for decks, and sheerstrake and trim in cherry or black walnut. Planking is northern white cedar. Ribs and gunwales are riveted, and plank laps are clinch nailed. Photo by Geoffrey Burke. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #chocoruaboatworks #wchaassembly

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    LUNCH BREAK: A 17 footer built at Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum from plans for the Atkinson Traveller by Rollin Thurlow of Northwoods Canoe Company in Atkinson, Maine. Here it takes a lunch break along the Great Egg Harbor River in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. Photo by Jim Wilson. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #atkinsontraveler #northwoodscanoe #independenceseaportmuseum #greateggharborriver

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    AT THE PORTAGE: This was on a trip to the Quetico Wilderness in Ontario, Canada with Dave Osborn’s (Big Red) 1940s 17’ Thompson wood/canvas canoe and two of Ferdy Goode’s birch bark canoes. Photo by Ferdy Goode. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #birchbarkcanoe #ferdygoode #beaverbarkcanoe #quetico #thompsoncanoe

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    A WELL TRAVELED CANOE: This 1976 Old Town Molitor model has traveled coast to coast. Built in Maine, she was shipped to an outfitter in California, later purchased and used on the West Coast, and then brought to Florida by its current owner, Michael Grace. She is painted with a modified version of the “Indian Design” (design number four), and was photographed on Lake Washington, one of the chain of lakes along the St. Johns River in Eastern Florida. Photo by Michael Grace. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #oldtowncanoe #lakewashington #stjohnsriver

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    DAWN PATROL: Mike Livdahl's evocative photograph of Frank Gunness on dawn patrol at a Northwest Chapter gathering at Camp Dudley on Clear Lake. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #clearlake #islandfallscanoe #mikelivdahl

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    QUETICO CRUISER: Another beauty built by Joe Seliga of Ely, Minnesota circa 1976. The canoe was built for a canoe guide at Camp Widgiwagan and was purchased by Robin Radcliffe in 2004. Here it sits in the shade of towering red pines beside a granite outcropping on the edge of Batchewaung Lake in the north of Quetico National Park, Ontario. Photo by Robin Radcliffe. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #seligacanoe #batchewaunglake #quetico

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    A UNIQUE WOOD-CANVAS CANOE: This striking photograph was taken in September of 2011 at Harlow Lake, near Marquette, Michigan. The unique canoe, paddled by Scotter Schieler, is a wood and canvas canoe, but it is built in the manner of a birchbark canoe, with #6 canvas substituted for the bark. This traditional native building method predates the use of a solid form and more conventional wood-canvas canoe building techniques. Scotter is the builder, and he is proudly wearing his WCHA hat for the photo! Photo by Kim Nixon. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #scotterwoodworks #harlowlake

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    PADDLE-BY WITH CLASS!: Bill and Dutchie Perron in their striking black 1936 Old Town OTCA, shortly before the Paddle-By at the 2009 Assembly at Keuka Lake, NY. Bill designed the fleur-de-lis on the bow, using canoe outlines for the leaves, and Dutchie painted the scene of Mt. Monadnock on the stern. Photo by Ted Michel. #wcha #wchaorg #canoe #woodencanoeheritageassociation #woodencanoe #keukalake #oldtowncanoe #wchaassembly

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