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Vintage Bark Canoe : Large Rustic Elm Wood Toy Model Boat

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Rustic vintage bark canoe model over 2 feet long, steamed and stitched elm wood with the bark fully intact. Comes with two cedar oars and a feather. 1940s to 60s.

This native style model canoe is huge for its type, about 28 inches long, and the construction is gorgeous. Photo 3 shows best how the bark is not applied to wood but part of it; the boat is made from the entire outer layer of the tree. It has been cut, steamed, shaped, bent, and stitched together with red dyed natural grass (raffia or similar) and trimmed with further stitched bent wood inside and out of the top edge. There are extra little ties as well (see them protruding in photo 4). It is a sturdy piece, the bark not especially fragile or brittle.

This piece can be set upon a mantle, or perched on a folded blanket on top of a cedar trunk. It is rustic and woodsy and really sweet to hold. The two oars are simple light cedar wood, and the feather was tucked into the canoe when I came across it. The bottom is not quite flat, so it needs a little something to lean against or sit on to sit up straight.

Condition is excellent, it is structurally strong, and the bark is beautiful. There is some light discoloration to the wood (see photo 4) but overall the piece shows its age beautifully while maintaining its sturdy form. What an absolute treasure.

**steiff kitty puppets used to show scale are not included**

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Vintage Bark Canoe : Large Rustic Elm Wood Toy Model Boat


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: elm, raffia
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
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