How to Make a Cedar Dugout Canoe

Select, carve, shape and hollow a cedar log to build a canoe.

canoe carving tools
Except for some occasional help from a chain saw, Norman and Earl sculpted their entire cedar dugout canoe with six hand tools. From left to right: Broad adz, Curved knife, Double-bladed ax, D-adz, Elbow adz, Cooper's adz.
PHOTO: JIM MCDOWELL AND ANNA VAUGHAN