The Pirogue Maker

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    Here is another old film that may be of interest. Making a wooden canoe by hand from a single trunk of wood, Cajun style. The woodworking starts around 04:18.,188

    -Scott Los Angeles

    Greg Merritt

    Thanks for this one…I really enjoyed it.


    haha…as a chef, all I could think was, “wait, what do pierogies have to do with woodworking?”…then I realized it was pirogue, not pierogi… 🙂

    Anyway, very cool.

    George Bridgeman

    Great film. Thanks, Scott.


    "To know and not do is to not know"


    Classic traditional woodworking. The craftsman’s recognition of a sharp axe and his method of sharpening (the way my father taught me) was an inspirational moment. This is a woodworking video for the ages!

    Retired airPLANE driver. Learning a new lifestyle in woodworking is fantastic!

    David Gill

    Enjoyed that Scott Thanks

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    Kirk Zabolio

    What a wonderful film, brought back so many memories. I grew up on the bayou in South Louisiana and my grandfather owned a sawmill made many pirogues. I am a woodworker from Lafayette, LA.


    Thanks for posting this Scott. So many interesting hand tool uses demonstrated in this film. This is the essence of what Paul is trying to recover with the master class series. Using hand, eye and brain coordinated skills we can make beautiful function-able necessities just as our ancestors did with a minimal amount of tools.

    I own a box scraper tool, but I’ve never seen one used as a plane for boat sides before. Is there a better demonstration (besides Japanese woodworkers) of ‘really sharp’ tools than this. I’ve seen hair shaved with draw knives but that broad ax was honed wicked sharp. No fancy equipment, just spit on the stone.

    And, Wow…Children involved playing outside and watching and learning the process. My, my, how the world has changed. The Beatles song “Get Back’ comes to mind.

    Joe B.

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