ABOUT FEATURED ARTIFACTS
Lee Teter features this research for artists and others who need visual information. A different artifact will be published each week when possible. These images were photographed by Lee Teter and are provided courtesy of Lee Teter unless otherwise noted.
This dugout canoe is in Lincoln Nebraska. It is very small; almost like a toy, but the lines are graceful and the wood is carefully carved. The shape is much like the one George Caleb Bingham painted in his period representation of a fur trader on the Missouri river during the mid 1800’s.
Below: 18th century gun maker, Wayne Watson, studies the remains of a dugout canoe at the Pennsylvania State Museum at Harrisburg, Pa.
Below: Lee Teter in his first dugout (about 1986). This was a small 12 foot poplar canoe.
Below: Lee Teter in his recreated 26 foot dugout (about 1988). The mass of fiber in the canoe is Basswood bark (from “bast”) that has been processed and is almost ready to be used as bindings or burden strap material. The picture was taken at Town Creek (shortened from “Old Indian Town Creek”) which flows into the Potomac beside the location of an old Shawnee Indian village.