BIRCH BARK CANOES by Ferdy Goode……. {HOME}

I am proud and honored to be part of a very small guild of master birch bark canoe builders and basket makers who keep alive the almost extinct traditional techniques of hand crafting these vessels. I have also gained a national reputation as a builder of exquisite Native style snowshoes. I continue to pattern my work accurately using Native American tribal methods and designs. I would like to give thanks to the many fine craftsmen and artists, past and present, for leading me on this enlightening path through the lakes and forests of this great land.

18 Responses “BIRCH BARK CANOES by Ferdy Goode……. {HOME}” →
  1. Wonderful!

  2. A really good and informative site, many thanks for putting up. loved to historic images

    Well done

  3. Beautiful canoes, truly inspirational……mmm, not sure I’ll ever find bark like yours here in the uk though. JK


  4. Michael Mitchell

    October 31, 2012

    I’m pleased you have taken your talent to such a heighten level.


  5. whoahh… you are gonna have some wonderful posts, i just know it! The simple life of living with nature and the spirit of Mother Nature is what i definitely miss!

  6. Fabulous, what a webpage it is! This weblog gives useful facts to us, keep it up.

  7. hello…Always interested in connecting with birch bark canoe builders…your friend Maxwell Everett Kelsey sent me your link…Im a Mikmaq bark canoe builder from NS Canada…not a master but keeping my great-grandfathers skills alive…he was born in 1884…and died in 1961….when I was 1 year old…my father passed on his stories to me …I became fascinated at age 10 and always wanted to revive the Mikmaq tradition for our people….I have worked mostly alone after my father died in 2002…but did spend time with William Commanda and canoe builder with friends in Maine… please check out my stuff at

    Waterdancers Mikmaq Arts on Facebook, if you ever get to Nova Scotia ..please let me know ..take care
    Todd Labrador

    ps keep up the good work 🙂

  8. Beautiful work Ferdy , You keep the bar high ! Thank you for sharing . Jim Miller


  9. Patrick Shannon

    April 2, 2015

    I would like to know the various sizes that you can buy the picture called Birchbark ( four canoes on a rocky lake shoreline with mist/fog in the background ) ?

    We have a picture but would like it larger for our family room.

    Thank you,
    Pat Shannon


  10. kelly mcquabbie

    June 15, 2015

    hi, im a first nations builder in northern Ontario. just finishing up a 16 foot winter bark canoe. traditionally made as in I made tools like a stone axe for the tree and bone awls and such. im always interested in meeting more builders feel free to contact me anyone.


  11. Margaret E. Guthrie

    April 28, 2016

    Ferdy, I don’t know if you remember me – I wrote about you and your canoes many years ago. I thought of you today when having lunch with a friend who summers in the UP not far from Sylvania where you and I camped with that 17 footer you built.
    Delighted to see that you are still building these beautiful craft. Would love to get together sometime. Meanwhile, delighted you are still part of the northwoods.
    All the best,
    Margaret (Guthrie)

  12. Wow, you made my day sir, I would love to learn how to make those canoes someday..

  13. Thank you for the lovely photograph of the Birchbark Canoes, Ferdy Goode. I’m framing it in a Teak Wood (perfect color for your photograph) frame… that my son made when he was in Jefferson High School, here in Bloomington, MN. He”s now an Aerospace Engineer (from the U of M) in … working for Greenpoint, a company started by a Minnesotan…working on the Interior of the new Air Force One’s… that are being built by Boeing… and will be done in 8 years. I am framing it for his office and know it will give him lovely thoughts for his work there. We are Boundary Water/ Quetico paddlers for many years now, with a cabin on Fall Lake from 1950’s. You have a wonderful sense of color and so wonderful for the Birchbark canoes,,.with their design. I have an 1943 Old Town Canoe hanging in my garage that I love to paddle whenever I can. I am a Batik Artist in Wildlife… and now 80 years old. Loving life! Thank you for your lovely photograph and all of your work for the Birchbark Canoe World.
    Nedra Nicholls Bloomington, MN


  14. John Francis

    December 4, 2016


    How can I get a copy of the beautiful canoe picture above (3 canoes on the lake)?

    I’ve made a few cedar strip canoes, so really appreciate your master craftsmanship!!!


  15. Patti Holthaus

    February 12, 2017

    Hi Ferdy😊 You are the very best! We met you once with Sandy & Parker Sterner. Can I still purchase the picture on your site of the 3 canoes. I also have the one of you in the canoe & love it. Let me know when you can.
    Cheers. Thx. Hope you’re doing great.
    Patti Holthaus. St Louis, MO


  16. Terje Ness

    April 9, 2017

    I am glad to have found your web site!
    Currently living in Norway, and having built a Burt he bark canoe back in 1984, I still ponder a new one, as I hope to return to MN in ’18 or ’19. I hope to be able to visit then….
    Terje from Arctic Norway


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