Nessmuk: Learn how to build your own tiny canoe! | University of Oxford

Nessmuk: Learn how to build your own tiny canoe!

Simon Clements
Event date
Event time
14:30 - 15:30
Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road
Venue details

Entry via the Oxford Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW

Event type
Gallery tours / talks
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required
Not required

Local artist and craftsman Simon Clements will be talking about the techniques and materials used in making stitched and glued canoes, illustrated with model canoes from the Pitt Rivers collection. Simon will be demonstrating the techniques used to build a canoe from a single sheet of plywood, a contemporary replacement for traditional birch bark or leather. The resulting craft is called a Nessmuk, a tiny canoe that is a modern interpretation of small Native American craft. These were made from sheets of birch bark stitched together with larch roots and then sealed and glued with resin and pine pitch, usually made quickly on site and used to cross small waterways and to tend beaver traps. These were the original Native American 'Utility vehicle' - come along and find out how to make your own and learn more about the boat collection in the Pitt Rivers!