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This section of the bibliography covers canoes, both bark canoes and dungouts.

The Algonquin Birchbark Canoe,
David Gidmark.
Shire Publications Ltd., Aylesbury, UK, 1988

This is like the condensed 64 page version of Gidmark's Building a Birchbark Canoe.

Birchbark Canoe,
David Gidmark. This is David Gidmark's story of his career as a birchbark canoe builder. 160 pages. Black and white illustrations.

Birchbark Canoes of the Fur Trade
Timothy Kent.
Silver Fox Enterprises, Ossineke, Michigan, 1997.

This book comes in two volumes. Volume one covers the use of the fur trade canoes. Volume two covers the construction of the boats. Volume 1, 344 pages. Black and white illustrations. 3 pages of color. Volume 2, 326 pages. Black and white illustrations. 6 pages of color.

Building a Birchbark Canoe: The Algonquin Wabanaki Tciman,
David Gidmark with a contribution by Denis Alsford.
Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 1994

The book covers the evolution of the Algonquin canoe, gives an overview of construction techniques and profiles four different Algonquin canoe builders and their techniques. An appendix provides Algonquin canoe terms. Profusely illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings. Not exactly a how-to book but more of an overview of traditional building techniques.

Building a Chippewa Indian Birch-Bark Canoe,
Robert E. Ritzenthaler,
Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, 1972

This is a book version of a color movie made by Merle Duesing and Roy Ivens of the Milwaukee Public Museum. The book documents the building of a canoe by Bob Pine. 48 pages, black and white photos.

Canoes of Oceania,Three Volumes Combined into One
A.C. Haddon and James Hornell.
Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, 1997.

An encyclopedia of all the types of canoes of Oceania. The content is divided into three volumes by geographic region. Not all the content of the book was based on field work. Some of it was based on the study of models. 884 pages.

Coast Salish Canoes,
Leslie Lincoln.
Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle, 1991

The book contains history, maps, photographs, description of the building process, paddles, lines of several boats, use of the boats and an index of dugouts in various state of Washington locations. It's a handsome book, worth having just for the pictures, even if you don't fell a red cedar and carve yourself a forty foot dugout.

Outrigger Canoes of Bali and Madura, Indonesia,
Adrian Horridge.
Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, 1987

The title explains the content of the book. This is a somewhat less scholarly than Canoes of Oceania but just as complete though it covers a smaller geographic range. The author did his field work for this book in the late 1970's and early 1980's. 178 pages.

Sail Your Canoe,
John Bull.

After some brief theory of sailing, Bull goes right into various sailing rigs suitable for a canoe. He finishes the book with instructions for sailing and for those who never have, paddling. 60 pages. Black and white illustrations.

The Survival of the Bark Canoe,
John McPhee.
Warner Books, New York, 1975

The book features bark canoe builder Henri Vaillancourt of Greenville New Hampshire and a journey that McPhee, Vaillencourt and two others took in bark canoes. Fans of McPhee might want to read this book simply to read McPhee. The book has elements of humor, mostly having to do with Vaillancourt's approach to camping. 114 pages followed by an appendix featuring drawings and pictures of canoe models of Edwin Tappan Adney.

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