Missouri River Corps of Rediscovery #1

Six months paddling a dugout canoe


August 30, 2019

Thomas J. Elpel

It took nearly three months of sawing, chopping, grinding, and sanding–plus a good bit of epoxy, linseed oil, and varnish–to turn a 10,000-pound log into a 500-pound canoe.

Editor's note: The following is the first of a multi-part column written by Thomas J. Elpel, the founder of Green University® LLC in Pony, Montana and the author of seven books. His video "Dugout Canoe Carving: The Story of Belladonna Beaver" has had more than one million views on YouTube. Go to www.Elpel.info to learn more about the expedition and the fundraising effort for the Jefferson River Canoe Trail.

May 30, 2019 - "We are now several hundred miles within the bosom of this wild and mountanous country, where game may rationally be expected shortly to become scarce and subsistence...

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