Greetings paddleheads, Part of the mystique of canoe building and repair is the accomplishment of procuring one's own lumber. I am a retired environmental consultant, trained in forestry and range management. I would like to hear from people in the Great Lakes and Northest areas who work in the woods or spend time finding trees for boat lumber. Are there any horse loggers out there? My family is from Washington State since 1889 and I went to school at the U. of Wash. My relatives came to Arlington, VT in 1752. You can't have boats without lumber, and you can't have lumber without logging. Just remember that a healthy forest is no accident. (Soc. of American Foresters). Remember to get those boats wet. Thanks for all your help so far.