Building a Spruce Bark Canoe – E3 – Gathering Spruce Roots for Lashings


as you guys can see we’re gathering some spruce roots today that’s what we’re gonna use for basically all the lashings on the canoe that’s what I used to for spruce bark baskets or birch bark baskets I’m looking for root about pinky size and we’re gonna have to boil them take the bark off and then split them to get the good the good cordage or lashing material got a nice piece here so you can’t you can’t just pull them out you got to kind of dig them out because if you just pull on them they’ll just snap so you gotta slowly move the moss and pull on it and then I’m only gathering the roots that are at the surface of the earth so it’s not really hurting the tree in any way just like if I’d be cutting off a few branches on a big tree it’s not enough to kill it I’m gonna grab my digging that as I pull on it I feel like I’m blocking somewhere I just got it dig it out and there’s probably a fork or something like that it’s a lot of work because you need lots of roots okay so here it was splitting so I snapped it off and that’s what I got for our total length cut it off back here once I have my my long piece I roll it up and I put it in the bowl for boiling just like a venturi terezinha legacy until the Bakke for poly case I’m back in the garage once I have their rude spoils I just put them in a bucket of water get the bark off a bucket of water and you end up with something that looks like this to get rid of all the get rid of all the small little see here if I can focus there you go get rid of all these little branches or offshoots and then after that I’ll split it scissors work pretty good to get rid of all these offshoots very time-consuming job okay once you’re done you end up with two routes that look something like that so I split it and then it removed a layer as well on the inside and looks like that pegging the out wheels outside gunwales and I’ve started doing Route flashing already and so they take you through at least one lashing to show you that process and how it’s done so I had measured in advance every so I have like 6 inches space and then I had a two inch wide lashing and six inch space 2 inch wide flashing for a birch bark canoe all Gong Qin styles like to two inches space and then two inch roots there’s a bunch of different styles but anyways so for the lashing I got nice spruce roots that are already been boiled and stripped down and then I rien I peel some of them off if they’re too wide or if they’re too too bulky so I got make sure before it starts sewing that they’re all pretty nice and when they have like big big roots are big big pieces on and like big knots then they won’t go through the hole it doesn’t make us nice of a lashing to at the end so want to make sure they’re well well wet so this is about the length that you need arm length to arm length for me that’s about five feet long yeah so you can’t have shorter pieces but the thing with the shorter pieces is that that it’ll be annoying to have to start all over and then because you have to you have to get it lash down but when you have a nice long piece you can all do the whole lashing with the one root okay so I got two pointy ends that’s where my two pegs are each tile off and then here this is my all that I built from a old file works great my whole start a little bit on the side of that a little bit on the side of the peg just to make sure that it hides it once I’m done I go in about this long you asked about leave about this long out come back around and then go back in the same hole I came in I use these little blue pliers to help me help me grab the other end of the roof on the other side it’s quite the process every lashing takes me about 10 15 minutes and I have that’s if it goes well and I have 40 to do on this Oh because I’m gonna have about 20 ribs and I know that it’s 40 because each rib will go in between the lashings and I need to do lashing on each side so that’s 20 lashings on each side and on the trick to it is you want these really tight really taut so once you pull on it on each side like that you want to put your thumb and hold it in place so you don’t lose your attention through the hole like that pull on it so I did a my second hole pull it nice and tight and then the other end that’s there is tug underneath so I’m passing over it go around twice in the same hole as if I do a new hole each time it’ll weaken my bark a lot too many moles have too many holes and then that’ll make the bark wheat here so I don’t want my whole speed he took too too close together straighten the root out before I pull on it so that it when it’s tight then it goes goes well and with the friction the friction of the root going through the hole you wanna make sure that you keep it nice and wet really I wouldn’t let it go so that it doesn’t loosen up but just a film just to show you guys the other end is tucked underneath [Music] hope you guys are enjoying these these videos so far at some last building this canoe I’m thinking on maybe building another one next summer maybe a birch bark see how how these video was due and if people like it what I get for feedback and build a birch bark one it’s a little bit a different model and a different style to build a birch bark then it is a spruce bark but I just want it to at least start with this see how it goes and then go from there it’s quite the learning learning curve – and the experience but it’s nice to be set up in the garage now these types of birch bark projects slash bushcraft projects I want to build more baskets – I built a few that I showed on a channel but there’s tons of tons of different models different sizes you can do in winter I love you guys know I like to do winter camp outs and in the summer too but I like to do projects like this in the summer a lot of people out the woods camping – in the summer I like that I quiet has something winter I have a challenge to hold less bugs – yeah nearing hearing the and usually I can go a little bit faster but I I’m speaking and filming change the camera angle just for the end and then once you’re done all you do you go through underneath like that through all the other lashings grab it from the other side I want to add a little bit of water there just to make sure it doesn’t snap on me and then pull on it and that’s not gonna go anywhere and I didn’t just cut off the excess there it’s nicely nicely tucked in underneath see when I got for a final length so I’m aiming for two inches and I gotta bail yeah two inches 1/8 that’s beautiful there we go one two three four holes one two three four five six seven eight passes eight washes or four holes a license pop this crooked knife beautiful brick a knife man from Quebec built it for me custom-built love the snare wire handle [Music] this is probably the most boring part of the canoe construction maybe not the most boring but the longest because forty lashes times five feet that makes two hundred feet of Route I’m using that’s quite a bit route to be time I say fifty minutes times forty let me see I’m doing this all by myself so say fifty minutes times I got forty routes that’s six hundred minutes divided by sixty so that’s ten hours of work just lashing that usually when I start and sometimes they snap off or break and you have to start over then once the lashings are all done I’ll be able to do the front parts want to give a special thanks to my buddy JP she have to give for letting me about ten of these sandwich away widow’s call in English sexually I gotta buy myself some but he was really nice to to lent them to me for good three months I’ll do a video to on the tools that I use go check out the video for the tools will show different knives axes hammers things like that that I use for the spruce bark canoe construction this route right here is just about the perfect size pinky size pinky size when you gather it with the gather it with with the bark and then once you boil it peel the bark off you end up about with this size which is about like pencil size or even sharpie sharpie size like a permanent marker like a big permanent marker like a smaller permanent marker birch bark basket you can have lot smaller than that though it doesn’t need to be a strong just kind of an issue here with the root it’s kind of weak so I don’t want to go over one more but I have my two inch lashing that I’m looking for so tuck it underneath like that cut the excess off golden 15 done so only 25 left to go then you really got to be careful not to cut yourself with these when you’re working with these roots because it’s so such a small small piece of wood and you’re doing pretty fine fine working knives have to be a super sharp cut myself pretty good all the fingers a few times okay well I dip it in water nice and wet this knife is don’t really like it it doesn’t hold onto the blade very good so when you’re cutting sometimes the blade wants to slip out see like that super dangerous we will grab another knife actually hey guys how’s it going so since we last spoke I have finished up pegging all the wooden pegs inside the in Wales and the out wheels and I’ve done three quarters of the lashings almost all done so the everything is holding up really good so I can take out my my my template so that’s what you’re gonna see at the bottom I’m kind of gonna explain what these rocks and what the template does as I’m taking it off so under the rock here I just have a frame to hold the rock up but the rock holes on this board from the thwart is just the cross piece that goes from one side of the gunwales to the other side of the canoe both sigh I knew this is a fort right here the Center for it right over here underneath this big rock so what you have underneath is the fort now the key to this is that the center thwart is lower because I won’t making you to be lower in the middle than the front to have that nice canoe shape so these have two by fours that hold it up and I’m not the same length so these ones in the middle are shorter than the ones in the fort here depending on how high you want the ends of your canoe to be compared to the center you can vary the height of these but these should be the same this or this or verses the center actually I’ll show the books that I use and all the info from the canoe that I’m building is into that those books from Edwin Tappan Adney great books yes I got 12 inches here and then 8 inches there and then I’ve got a 15 inch small plank don’t know if you can see that you’re you know focusing in there but it’s 15 inches from the bottom here to my top here I have three inches and a half about right here and of course on the other side so the same distance here and then the 15 inches into the center there no template that’s gonna take right now it’s a little bit smaller as you can see it’s got a few inches less than my actual in well there it is smaller I shouldn’t have any issues and like I said earlier having my in Wales and out Wales all firm the bark should not move at all from its position blocks out you can see okay just take the final piece out break anything wha-bam so the template looks like there’s nothing on the ends because I had to bring the bark up with those traps well cheers guys this was a big step for us for me for us and the building construction of this canoe to take the template out we got it out safely nothing broke and everything’s staying in place so that’s worth a good beer got a Stanley Park brewing 1897 abrogate oh that’s good right I’ve gotta keep keep crushing it one two three four five six and then close up the ends do some lashings there it’ll be awesome hope you guys enjoyed this week’s video that’ll be the end of it for this one and if you guys want to support the channel I’d really appreciate it share my videos like comment subscribe and if you really really like the videos that would go watch more of my videos and I’ll see you guys next week for the continuation of the build cheers guys rock and roll [Music] 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