Though being known primarily as a turner and carver I seem to be getting more and more involved in interesting boatbuilding projects. I have a long term dream of building a birch bark canoe and loved my time helping with a viking ship build. Another boat I would love to help build one time is an expanded dugout. These boats look simple and elegant but I have no doubt there is a lot of accumulated knowledge in getting them to work just right and there also looks to be some potential for it all to go horribly wrong at the last stage after many days of work. These two films showing making them have quite different techniques for judging the thickness which is I suspect critical to getting an even bend.
and this one from Finland in the 1930s, if you have thought of dugouts before as ugly logs think again.