Posted by: csdailyblog | October 2, 2009

The Canoe Begins to Take Shape

Conserve School students enrolled in the History of Wilderness Exploration course worked on a pine log in back of the Lowenstine Academic Building in order to begin the log’s transformation into a dug-out canoe. The class is currently studying Lewis and Clark, and the dug-out will be similar to ones the expedition members created during their famous journey, although much smaller. Pairs of students took turns using adzes to begin hollowing out the log. Students taking a break from wielding the adzes kept themselves occupied by reading one of their class books, Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose, an award-winning non-fiction book that describes the members of the Corps of Discovery and their grueling overland journey to the Pacific Coast and back.

The students are wearing safety goggles for protection against flying woodchips. The log is situated in a picturesque spot just outside of the LAB on the shore of Little Donahue Lake. In some of the photos, you can see the lake in the background and the leaves of the surrounding maples and birches, which are beginning to show the reds and yellows of autumn.

Photos taken by Kim Schumacher



  1. I’m really curious about the dug-out. Can we get some progress photos?

  2. oh, Mariah. Nice hair! Love the new upswept style.

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