April 8, 2017

Something Wonderful: The Birth Of A Dugout Canoe

This is a documentary movie uncovering the difficult and time consuming process of making traditional expanded dugout canoe using mostly traditional hand tools and techniques.

The master woodworker in this movie is Richard (Rihards Vidzickis) - an experienced green wood worker, wood sculptor and dugout canoe maker. Richard’s passion to green wood and solid wood creations has grown together with him since his childhood days. Richard’s father is also a wood worker and carpenter and has led his son into the beautiful world of working with wood. Richard has gone through all the traditional steps of becoming a master woodworker - starting from an apprentice, then journeyman and then receiving his Master degree in Latvian chamber of crafts. Richard’s passion to wood is not only sculpturing and carving it but also knowing the wood in a scientific level. So Richard has studied in Technical university as a student and reached his degree of Doctor in engineering materials science, so he has combined the craft, nature and science in his life and work. While working in furniture making during the studies, with making different kinds of difficult wood carving for Jugend, Barrocal, Renesance design style furniture, Richard has discovered that he tends to get back to more rustic, robust and natural forms of wood, so he created a park of massive wooden sculptures, wood crafts museum and live workshop where Richard lives and creates wooden bowls, plates, boats and accepts visitors to share his work and lifestyle.

Music - Alan Gogoll, Jason Lowe “When a River Parts”.

Sound - Gints Sola

Camera, edit - Jacob (Northmen Guild)

Revive the guild! by Northmen on Vimeo


Northmen Guild We use our hands to create things that will live on, telling their story in the hands of the craftsmen and people after us. Each thing we create is born with energy and personality – a love and care that will be felt daily by each craftsman; a resonance from the heart of the creation. Towering factories and belching chimneys are not our game. All of our makings are created in our small workshops, using equally traditional methods and techniques. Each craftsman is working in his own workshop, that is located on his own farmland.

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Just outstanding, as we used to say, back in the Old Corps. Both the music and the vid. Outstanding.

Posted by: Pissoir Dubuque at April 8, 2017 3:32 PM

The wood didn't look that green to me. Just kidding.

I'd like to see him do that with an obsidian hand tool.

Anyway, my hat's off to him. There is a type of redemption in working with one's hands.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at April 8, 2017 9:06 PM

That was excellent! Thanks.

Casey, I'd like to see you do that with power tools. ;)

Posted by: HalinAK at April 9, 2017 11:58 AM

So.....were the pegs for the purpose of establishing the depth of the internal carving?

Posted by: Rob De Witt at April 9, 2017 1:19 PM

Well, that and the others that followed were most 'satisfying'. It's always entrancing to watch someone create, by hand, something useful and beautiful. That whole northmen.com site is great! And, oh my goodness.....that house!

Posted by: Dinah at April 10, 2017 7:59 PM