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Fast, Easy, and Good-lookin' Knife Sheath At the Rattlesnake Rendezvous (a primitive skills campout), I met a fellow by the name of Ken Peek.
It is a joy to harvest your own Willow from the countryside to make such baskets; and there are many types out there. However, not all Willow is suitable for basket making, many types are too brittle and will snap when bent to the extremes needed for basket weaving.
EDIT march 2011: due to tons of comments (over at instructables.com) on the historical correct period for this shoe, i've changed the name from 'viking' to 'iron age' shoes . i've also closed the comment section here, due to spam.
This documentary shows how a canoe is built the old way. César Newashish, a 67-year-old Attikamek of the Manawan Reserve north of Montreal, uses only birchbark, cedar splints, spruce roots and gum. Building a canoe solely from the materials that the forest provides may become a lost art, even among the Native peoples whose traditional craft it is.
With the furnace body complete and set aside to dry, you can start on the furnaces lid. Start with a 1" tall section cut off a 12" diameter sonotube.