Primitive SkillsHow to Carve a Willow Log Dugout Canoe

How to Carve a Willow Log Dugout Canoe

This is a tutorial on how to build a Willow dugout canoe using primitive building skills. Not only are these canoes interesting to learn about, since they have a rich history, but they’re actually pretty simple to make. And, this isn’t a project that you finish and then sit back and look at. Making this canoe will give you hours of fun for years to come.

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The author of this tutorial had multiple helpers while building the Willow log canoe, so if this is something you want to participate in, you can jump on now and learn as the author learns. So far, he’s picked out his tree and assembled the tools and workspace he needs to make this canoe. Since finding the perfect log and workspace might take a little time, you should probably get started as soon as possible.

One thing to keep in mind is that dugout canoes start out as extremely heavy logs. Moving them without help or equipment can cause serious injuries. So, if you don’t have the setup already, try to add a series of pulleys to your workspace. This won’t just make it easier for you to maneuver while you work, it will also keep you from unnecessary harm.

As the weather gets cooler, it becomes much easier to do things outside. Whether this is walking, biking, BBQing, or just enjoying the outdoors, everything is more enjoyable when there are less humidity and heat. If you’re looking for something specific to do this fall, this tutorial offers the perfect project.

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Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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