The canoe maker, his tools, and the product

P8215198 DOY canoe maker.A

With axe and curved adze, this superbly skilled craftsman carves canoes from tree trunks -- often (as in this case) trees carried to the Duke of Yorks by the sea. He works by eye and sheer skill going straight from the rounded tree trunk to the canoe with never a formal measurement or line. It is his pride that he does not puncture the hull or leave it too thin -- he measure the thickness by placing his fingertips on the inside and outside of the hull and judging how far apart they are! The hulls must be light and strong to meet the demands of his customers. In a society where these canoes are a primary form of transport the skills of this man and his colleagues are highly valued! P8215198

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