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Ojibwa Birchbark Canoes

See a size comparison of all the sizes with a quarter and an inside view of a canoe

Left: 10" Canoe with porcupine quill trim; Right: 3" Canoe without porcupine quill trim

These are real birchbark canoes made by Native Americans in Ontario, Canada.  The sizes given below are approximate.  Given that they are handmade they could be slightly bigger or smaller. The larger canoes are rimmed with cedar wood, while the smaller canoes are trimmed with sweetgrass. They are either stitched with thread or raffia (usually the smaller ones have thread, and the larger ones have raffia), and most are decorated with dyed porcupine quills. Some smaller canoes may not have quills.

For the 12" canoe, it is 2.5" wide at the middle and 3.5" high on each end.   The 14" canoe is 2.75" wide at the middle.  The 18" canoe is 3" wide at the middle.

Order Code Description Price
CR-10-3-AS ~3" Birchbark Canoe OUT OF STOCK
CR-10-4-AS ~4" Birchbark Canoe OUT OF STOCK
CR-10-5-AS ~5" Birchbark Canoe OUT OF STOCK
CR-10-8-AS ~8" Birchbark Canoe OUT OF STOCK
CR-10-10-AS ~10" Birchbark Canoe OUT OF STOCK
CR-10-12-AS ~12" Birchbark Canoe OUT OF STOCK
CR-10-14-AS ~14" Birchbark Canoe OUT OF STOCK
CR-10-18-AS ~18" Birchbark Canoe OUT OF STOCK

Genus and species of white birchbark: Betula papyrifera. Wild.

Genus and species of quill trim: Erethizon dorsatum. Wild.

 Native Made in Canada

Suggestions on How to Use Birchbark Canoes

One year we made gift baskets for our customers and suppliers using the fancy canoes.  Let your imagination run wild...

These canoes make excellent Christmas tree decorations!

The canoes can be lined with plastic and used for floral decorations. To make a stand for your canoe, take two small twigs about 3-4" long.  Insert two eye screws into each of the sticks and then use a piece of twine to tie the two sticks together.  Set the canoe between the two sticks.  The twigs will keep the canoe upright.

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