1. The coolest way to get the 2 ton heavy trunk from Belgium to Northern France would have been over water - dragging it behind a few kayaks upstreams & downstreams again over about 100km canals & shortcuts and canalised rivers - but sometimes you just want to have it here & now. So in the van it went, that trunk, to unload it 80km further in our barn.
    There it will loose more than 90% of it's weight and transform from a rough more or less straight piece of wood into a streamlined piece of art - or at least that's the plan.
    Let's carve it, that Souquillou.

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  2. Carving a cedar canoe is one of those projects I've been wanting to do for many years, though every time there seemed to be just one piece of the puzzle missing. If it wasn't the space in the workshop it was the time, if it wasn't time it was the tree. Whatever, finally this spring 2015 those struggling puzzlepieces are falling where I wanted them to fall. There's room in the workshop, we surprisingly found a cedar and we'll think about time later. Okay, the tree isn't exactly what I wanted - 80cm wide instead of 180cm, 60 years old instead of 600 - but hey, this is Belgium, not British Columbia.
    So I gave it a go, starting with PART 1: cutting that cedar down.

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The Souquillou Project

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The Souquillou Project is about one crazy idea and a lot of woodworking.
Since many years I want to make a boat. A wooden boat, precisely. Not a classic wooden one in a wharf, but a no-nonsense dugout canoe in our backyard. European hardware, inspired…


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The Souquillou Project is about one crazy idea and a lot of woodworking.
Since many years I want to make a boat. A wooden boat, precisely. Not a classic wooden one in a wharf, but a no-nonsense dugout canoe in our backyard. European hardware, inspired by designs & skills of the Native American People of the Pacific West-coast.
The project is not only about building a canoe, it's also about travelling with that canoe - about getting that vessel more than 80km inland in the water and making the journey all the way to the sea.
About that name? 'Le souquillou' is a local name given in South-France to the twigs the vines produce every year. Those 'souquillous' are cut every winter to keep the vines healthy and they are excellent combustion for grills & barbeques. Very excellent combustion, by the way.
Souquillou aka small piece of wood aka big dugout canoe aka one big adventure, somewhere in Northern France.

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