Building an Athabascan Kayak-Form Birch Bark Canoe


8 Day Course

Instructor: Randy Brown

Dates of the class: Saturday, June 29 – Saturday, July 6, 2019

Time of the class: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day

Location: Pioneer Park - Workshop

In this class we will work as a group to build an 20′ Athabascan kayak-form birch bark canoe.

Kayak-Form birch bark canoes were built by Native people in northwest North America, including those living along the Yukon River drainage in Alaska. The style is characterized as having a narrow, flat bottom, hard chines, and flaring sides. It has a fixed bottom frame, widely spaced narrow ribs, and partial sheathing along the sides. As such, it does not require bark as wide as required for those built in the northeast and Great Lakes regions, which had a similar appearance to the modern wood and canvas canoes. The Kayak-Form canoe was ideal in form and function for the northwest environment, where the rivers were large and swift, and where the birch trees didn’t grow as consistently large as in the east.

Pre-registration required.

Building an Athabascan Kayak-Form Birch Bark Canoe
  • to
  • The Folk School
  • $600 (members); $750 (non-members)