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Bark Canoes: The Art and Obsession of Tappan Adney (Paperback)
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Bark Canoes: The Art and Obsession of Tappan Adney (Paperback)

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Paperback 152 Pages / Published: 15/11/2012
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Tappan Adney (1868-1950) was an artist, writer, ethnographer, historian and modelmaker of unparalleled ability. He tirelessly documented the cultures and languages of vanishing native cultures. His most enduring legacy is the extraordinary 110 birchbark canoe models he handbuilt to exacting standards. The models, now held at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, were built to ensure future canoe builders had exact reproductions for reference. These historically accurate, 1:5 scale models were meticulously researched, and traditionally constructed using the identical materials of the originals. Many are based on canoes that were the last example of their type. Before such a canoe disintegrated, Adney measured and recorded its dimensions, consulted with native builders and studied historical photographs and paintings. The canoe models are organized into five distinct Canadian groups: - Maritimes. - Eastern Woodland. - Northwest. - Lower British Columbia. - Fur Trade. plus: - Amur Valley. - Asia. - South America. Each canoe model is beautifully photographed and accompanied by captions that outline the craft's origins, uses and technical details. Adney's amazing technical drawings for the models are also included. An extensive introduction covers Adney's life and provides information about native model builders, canoe decoration and fur trade heraldry. Bark Canoes is the definitive reference to indigenous - and ingenious - watercraft used around the world.

Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781770851580
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 279 x 228 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[Review of hardcover edition] Not only of interest to maritime enthusiasts but also those interested in Native Peoples, history, art and crafts.--Kay Plesca"E-Streams" (11/01/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] A must have cottage book.--Liz Grogan"Good Times" (08/01/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] Chronicles the fascinating story of Adney's life, presents for the first time incredible photographs of his canoe models, and explains the cultural and historical significance of this craft.--Appalachian Quarterly (01/01/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] The pictures are almost surreal in their minimalist presentation and razor sharp quality. I could literally count each tiny gunwale lashing and felt like I could pluck the canoe off the page and put it in water!-- (09/01/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] A significant aspect of North American heritage... features artistically crafted photographs of Adney's intricate scale models of canoes.-- (07/01/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] Remarkable book documenting Adney's work... featuring detailed photographs.-- (10/15/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] An essential addition to [Chapelle's The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America]... You have to have this one as well if you have any interest in canoe history.-- (12/01/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] This handsomely illustrated work presents a clear and succinct review of the talented, driven, and irascible [Adney]... Recommended.-- (12/01/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] Wonderful book... a marvelous and important job by making Adney's creations available to us in this beautifully produced book that is a feast for the mind and the eye... a most useful basis for further study.-- (06/01/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] The images show an impressive variation on the genre... spare layout, carefully angled and focused pictures and detailed provenances mark each entry.-- (05/17/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] A glorious illustrated study of [Tappan Adney's] model canoes... beautifully balanced... a remarkable man and the equally remarkable legacy he has left us.-- (05/23/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] A photographic gallery of the extraordinary work of a remarkable man... Adney became obsessed with accurately recording every aspect of North American canoe building.-- (12/01/2005)
[Review of hardcover edition] Incredible photographs... a great service to historians and the paddling community... beautiful and informative book.-- (06/01/2004)
[Review of hardcover edition] Flawless photos of the entire Adney collection... handsome and instructive... Bark Canoes, with Pemberton's lovely photographs, is the perfect complement to Adney's and Chapelle's earlier masterpiece.-- (09/01/2004)

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