Birch bark canoes
Surfing around on kayak and canoe related links I found some interesting films about building birch bark canoes in Canada. I have been there before, but these were new to me:
This is a documentary where Ray Mears build a canoe with traditional methods, materials and tools out in the open on a river bank.
Then I found another contemporary traditional canoe project – informative enough to be a DIY manual!
I found a short color film from 1946 (some of the colors are actually still there!) about a native American family, building their canoe.
...and finally, a charming film about canoe paddling on Canada's lakes and rivers – ending with a short glimpse of a slightly more modern take on the birch bark canoe.
All in all a good way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy and windy day.