John Muir


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24 ½ [sketch: up the [ ] from New West[minster]] Deliberation in carrying out his conception working with beaver-like industry wholly oblivious to the lapse of time “With an Indian time is nothing.” is a common saying among the whites. Thus they nibble

24 ¾ out the tree trunks into large canoes the bottom is first fashioned there the inside the walls being quite thin. After it is hollowed out the capacity is greatly increased by bending out the sides. This is effected by filling the canoes with water heating the water with [sketch: S [south] of Astoria] hot stones then covering it up thus soaking & steaming the wood which then yields freely to a moderate pressure. After the sides are spread to the required width they are held in place until dry by small crossbars. Some are five to six [feet] wide

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Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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