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Bill Mackowksi traditional birchbark gear

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Rob Stevens, Dec 24, 2017.

  1. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Bill Mackowski has been very helpful in my search for early canoe builders since many of them also made showshoes. The second oldest canoe builder listed in the Maine Register was Albert McClain as described at http://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/7166/ and shown in the link below from 1889. Great stuff,

    Benson



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  3. Rollin Thurlow

    Rollin Thurlow member since 1980

    Hi Benson,
    I have a Al McClain canoe in my office. He built birch bark canoes and sold a bunch to the Bar Harbor Canoe Club or maybe it was a yacht Club. When the club disbanded the canoe was sold and I inherited from the owner back around 1985.
    Rollin
     
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Do you have any pictures to share? Do you know if McClain ever made canvas canoes? Great stuff.

    Benson
     

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