Watch the Mesmerizing Process of Crafting a Hand-Carved Canoe

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When it comes to summertime activities, few things beat a lazy ride around a lake or down a creek in a canoe. And while today you can fetch a decent newer model for anywhere from $500-$2000, nothing beats the beauty and craftsmanship of a traditional dugout canoe.

And if you’ve ever wanted to make your own, look no further than this 18-minute documentary on Latvian woodworker Rihards Vidzickis.

Created from a single tree trunk using traditional hand tools, Vidzickis’ canoe is the perfect example of how—especially in the age of advanced digital manufacturing techniques—older really can be better:

Rihards started as an apprentice before receiving his Master degree in Latvian Craft. In addition to understanding wood at a craftsman level, he also holds a Doctorate degree in engineering materials science. Currently, he is a member of the Northmen Guild of Northern Master Craftsmen. Find out more over at the Northmen Guild.

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