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Crawlspace Canoe: 1950s

Crawlspace Canoe: 1950s

From circa 1950s Columbus, Georgia, comes this uncaptioned News Archive negative of a young man and his dugout, evidently crafted in the basement. Ready to open that spigot and float off to points unknown. View full size.

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Boat building/root hacking tool

That axe-on-its-side is called an adze. i didn't realize you could use it to hollow out a boat, we use ours to hack stumps and roots.

Footsteps of giants

That looks like the start of a pair of size 250 EEEEEEE clogs.

In the age of video games

Do boys still take time to carve canoes from tree trunks?

Trap Avoided

A dugout canoe escapes the trap of building a boat that you can't get out of the basement. The log you got in is bigger than the canoe you have to get out.

I would love to do that

I've always dreamed of making a dugout, but probably never will. I can only see doing so if I come to live next to some water with my own dock. They're crazy heavy and hard to transport.


I should have measured the door before I started.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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