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In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same tools that the Indians used. The Survival of the Bark Canoe is the story of this ancient craft and of a 150-mile trip through the Maine woods in those graceful survivors of a prehistoric technology. It is a book squarely in the tradition of one written by the first tourist in these woods, Henry David Thoreau, whose The Maine Woods recounts similar journeys in similar vessel. As McPhee describes the expedition he made with Vaillancourt, he also traces the evolution of the bark canoe, from its beginnings through the development of the huge canoes used by the fur traders of the Canadian North Woods, where the bark canoe played the key role in opening up the wilderness. He discusses as well the differing types of bark canoes, whose construction varied from tribe to tribe, according to custom and available materials. In a style as pure and as effortless as the waters of Maine and the glide of a canoe, John McPhee has written one of his most fascinating books, one in which his talents as a journalist are on brilliant display.

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In an age of mass-produced and disposable objects, traditional crafts are becoming extinct, and appreciation for craftsmanship has become a hobby for the wealthy dilettante. But here and there, a few stalwart individuals carry on the old traditions. Henri Vaillancourt of Greenville, New Hampshire is in large part responsible for the continuing survival of the birch bark canoe. McPhee tells the story not only of Vaillancourt and his work, but of the canoe''s role in American history. Many McPhee fans consider this lovely and lucid book one of his finest works.

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“In his own beautifully crafted work, McPhee treats both man and boat with all the respect and admiration their precarious presence commands.” ―Time

“Every white water and wilderness buff should rise to it like a trout, but as all followers of Mr. McPhee''s work would expect, its appeal and value cannot be so narrowly limited; it''s a lively chronicle, rich in character study and observations.” ―The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written over 30 books, including Oranges (1967), Coming into the Country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Poet And Priest
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Tough and Respected
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2021
The headline here is a line from the book wherein it''s applied to the birch bark canoe and why one cd last 10 years. The book just arrived and looks to be awesome — the writing is itself 50 years old and the author is at the time I write this, 90. Bark canoes as... See more
The headline here is a line from the book wherein it''s applied to the birch bark canoe and why one cd last 10 years.

The book just arrived and looks to be awesome — the writing is itself 50 years old and the author is at the time I write this, 90. Bark canoes as a craft, and a craft, are centuries older. Don''t know if Henri Vaillancourt, the book''s subject as much as the vessels, is still alive. If not, the bark canoe may be dead by now.

McPhee writes on what fascinates him and so it can do the same for us. He is widely — widely — known and said to be a craftsman himself.

This is for fans, then, of craft and of slow and of lore, and perhaps who have read Shop Class as Soulcraft as well.

Four stars because the printer''s craftsmanship is sorely lacking, at least in my copy and the glued — not sewn — pages began to peel away from the spine alomst immediately.

[See that typo / misspelling in the previous sentence? That''s what it''s like to get a book on craft that is in its own making shabby.]

Cheers,
Paul
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Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2017
While visiting a friend in hospital, he offered to lend me his copy. I noticed he had yet to read it so I politely declined the offer, opting to purchase my own copy. What a great read. Henri is a true artist & I am so pleased the he has dedicated his life to preserving... See more
While visiting a friend in hospital, he offered to lend me his copy. I noticed he had yet to read it so I politely declined the offer, opting to purchase my own copy. What a great read. Henri is a true artist & I am so pleased the he has dedicated his life to preserving the history of this great land. And a post-humus thank you to Mr McPhee for documenting the craft.
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GrammaPam
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A GREAT book by Mc Phee.Makes you want one.
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2010
This is the second of many of McPhee''s books that I have read. He is a very good writer. His detailed information about the suject of his books is amazing. But the way he interlaces information about the people and places he has met & been in gathering that information is... See more
This is the second of many of McPhee''s books that I have read. He is a very good writer. His detailed information about the suject of his books is amazing. But the way he interlaces information about the people and places he has met & been in gathering that information is absorbing. He has the ability to draw you into the scenes and carry you along on the journey.

While his book about Florida oranges was the first of his books that I have read, and I liked it best, this one is written in that same way. I wish I could afford one of these canoes.

I would recommend this book for all high school students and any adult looking to learn about the canoe or just looking for a good book to read.
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I Can Row a Boat, Canoe?
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2020
McPhee has the marvelous ability to take any subject, whether oranges, canoes, the government of Switzerland, the New Jersey Pine Barrens, etc, he manages to draw everything interesting from whatever he writes about. his books are fascinating and entertaining
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Robeywan
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McPhee sure does his homework!
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2018
I have read many of McPhee''s books and was prepared for some dry technical spells. This one has it''s share too. You should be a canoe enthusiast and it wouldn''t hurt to know your way around a wood shop. The historian in me loved it.
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John Komdat
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My First McPhee
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2013
This was the first book I read by John McPhee about forty years ago. I actually read it in the "New Yorker" where he is a staff writer. I was completely mesmerized by this book. It is beautifully written and packed with details about making a canoe as an... See more
This was the first book I read by John McPhee about forty years ago. I actually read it in the "New Yorker" where he is a staff writer.
I was completely mesmerized by this book. It is beautifully written and packed with details about making a canoe as an American Indian would.
If you have never read anything by this author, I urge you to try this small book. When you are done, you will not be able to wait to get your next McPhee book. Luckily, he has written a bunch of books.
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Phil G
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Short book about birch canoes, someone still making them, and a river trip in Maine.
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2018
Remember birch canoes? A few folks still make them. This is bit old, but I suppose the canoes are a lot older so it shouldn’t matter. John McPhee is always good.
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Geekless in NC
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Interesting story, highly amusing
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2014
John McPhee is at his best, as he explores the history of the bark canoe in America, and tells of a canoe trip gone wrong. The character development and the story line are both excellent. They provide endless opportunities for humor, as the characters struggle to keep their... See more
John McPhee is at his best, as he explores the history of the bark canoe in America, and tells of a canoe trip gone wrong. The character development and the story line are both excellent. They provide endless opportunities for humor, as the characters struggle to keep their canoes afloat, and their emotions in check, while mother nature and human nature conspire against them.
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Deerdiver
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Quirky tale of a canoe trip through the New Hampshire ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2015
Quirky tale of a canoe trip through the New Hampshire wilderness with one of the last bark canoe makers. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
Quirky tale of a canoe trip through the New Hampshire wilderness with one of the last bark canoe makers. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Reviewed in Germany on September 18, 2006
Schade, daß kein deutschsprachiger Verlag eine Übersetzung herausgebracht hat. Auch hier wächst das Interesse an traditionellen bzw. handwerklichen Herstellungsweisen. Und für Canoefans ist das Buch eh ein "Muß".
Schade, daß kein deutschsprachiger Verlag eine Übersetzung herausgebracht hat. Auch hier wächst das Interesse an traditionellen bzw. handwerklichen Herstellungsweisen.

Und für Canoefans ist das Buch eh ein "Muß".
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