Tappan Adney (1868-1950) is widely recognized as one of the foremost canoe historians. At a time when traditional canoe building was fast disappearing, it is surprising to learn that many museums were uninterested. Perhaps it is because they didn’t recognize that there were so many variations of canoes.
There were canoes of varying shapes and sizes; formed to handle the local conditions of the rivers and oceans. Adney’s passion for canoes and canoe construction was clearly evident in his intricate detailed drawings and later his canoe models. Using precise measurements, Adney was able to recreate extinct canoes with virtually the same materials and techniques as was originally used.
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