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Bigfork, Minnesota: See Birch Bark Canoes Made

In a barn workshop, carpenter/craftsman Ray Boessel, Jr makes birch bark canoes using the traditional methods of Indians and voyageurs. Tours by appointment.

Hafeman Boat Works

59520 Highway 6, Bigfork, MN
Roughly 30 miles north of Deer River, MN, on State Hwy 6. On the east side of the highway before you cross the Bigfork River.
By Appointment (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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See Birch Bark Canoes Made

Ray Boessel, Jr. is one of the last remaining carpenters in North America to making birch bark canoes like those used by the Indians, voyageurs, fur-traders, and early settlers. At Hafeman Boat Works he makes them each by hand, using no screws, nails, or glue. Each one is a beautiful, hand-crafted masterpiece.

Free tours are available by appointment.

[, 09/16/2014]

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