HOW TO MAKE A DUGOUT CANOE
This is what the first boats looked like. Fired, then carved in wooden logs, they sailed on the Vistula and other rivers. They were used by people of Lusatian culture a thousand years BC, by early Slavs, and by modern people just a hundred years ago. During the Vistula Festival the visitors will have a chance to see a hundred-year-old dugout, which is still in good shape. Several replicas will also participate in the event. It will also be possible to make this kind of boat under the supervision of a professional.
Kazimierz Bąk has been making dugouts for years. He always uses white poplar because this wood is perfect for this purpose.
“The wood is quite light, and the boat made of it is just beautiful” - says Kazimierz Bąk, who will show his best works at the event. Among them is a 12-meter-long dugout, admired at the Loire Festival two years ago, and believed to be the longest dugout in Europe. Its creator and owner uses it to sail on the Vistula, Wisłoka, San, and even Dunajec, moving and steering it with a long pole.
The boat can also be moved with short paddles. It can accommodate five men. “But you must be careful, balance is essential” - adds a weel-known boat builder. Nowadays. workshops of dugout making are becoming more and more popular. Because it is pure magic to carve a boat from a tree.
In Toruń, during the Vistula Festival, we will have ten teams building a dugout. I've heard that the material, poplar wood, is ready. I am going to lend some tools to the participants, but they will have to have some with themselves, too. It's a job for a few days, but the satisfaction will be great.
It should be mentioned that the dugout builders will be allowed to keep their boats after the festival. They will become owners of unique and extremely durable vessels (they can go even for a hundred years!). All these boats need is regular treatment with flaxseed oil.