He builds canoes using the "old ways" based on traditional methods with quality birch bark, spruce root lashings, cedar sheathing and gunwales, hardwood thwarts and spruce gum/bear fat mixture as a waterproof sealant. All completed without the use of power tools. He transforms natural materials from the forest into "living" works of art.
Having built over 70 canoes in a variety of styles he continues the tradition, skill, and passion of birchbark canoe making for future generations.
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"Stillness in motion, motion in stillness - that's what I see in a birch bark canoe. And when I build a canoe there is a point in the process when the canoe appears to come alive. It is a transformative moment that can't be explained, only felt. It happens every time and it is what drives me to keep building." - Tom Byers