Posted by: csdailyblog | September 25, 2009

A Soon-To-Be Dugout Canoe is Delivered to Conserve School

Michael Salat, History Teacher, writes:

Students in the History of Exploration class will get a chance to experience some of the same difficult tasks Lewis & Clark experienced when they carved out cottonwood trees for dugout canoes. As part of our studies we will hew out a large white pine log that was graciously donated by Dan Wait of Frontier Builders, a local business that specializes in custom log homes. The Lewis & Clark expedition relied heavily on these canoes to help carry the men and gear up the Missouri River and then later down the Snake and Columbia Rivers.

Moving the 1000-pound log off of the truck trailer, onto our skid steer, and behind the Lowenstine Academic Building, where students will create the canoe, was a production, to say the least. Here you can see Jon Johnson, Conserve School Grounds Technician and expert Bobcat driver, with local builder Dan Wait.

Many thanks to Frontier Builders for their donation and to our skilled and resourceful Maintenance and Grounds staff members for handling this logistical challenge.

Stay tuned for more photos and blog entries as the log is transformed into a Lewis-and-Clark-style canoe.

Mary Anna

Dan Waite, Jon Johnson, and the log

Dan Waite, Jon Johnson, and the log

Jon and Dan maneuver the log onto the Bobcat so it can be taken back behind to LAB where students will work on it.

Jon and Dan maneuver the log onto the Bobcat so it can be moved behind the LAB where students will work on it.

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