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Chip-A Canoe Project Summer 2023!

05/25/2023 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The 'Chip-A-Canoe' project with Larry Kinsella, Michelle Berg, and the McCully Heritage Project will be coming up this summer. Here is the original announcement.

'We are officially announcing our CHIP-A-CANOE project. The object of this project is to complete and document the construction of a dugout canoe using only stone-age tools. CHIP-A-CANOE is Larry Kinsella's dream project and the culmination of years of practice in experimental archeology of ground stone technology. The tree used for the canoe will be cut down using stone axes, adzes and celts only. And once the log is cut, the canoe will be built, again using only stone tools. The entire project will be documented through video and photographs. Each stone tool used will be cataloged and photographed, with a record of the maker of the tool.

McCully Heritage Project is providing the space, campsites, and lodging for the Chip-A-Canoe project, along with project support in any way we can. Funds from this campaign will be used for transporting the log to the McCully Heritage Project, funding the necessary insurance, and digital and photographic documentation of the project. Leftover funds once the project is complete will go toward completing an exhibit for the museum in Kampsville.

More information about Mccully Heritage Project: The mission of the McCully Heritage Project is to provide facilities and programs for high quality environmental education and research for youth and adults and to provide the opportunity for the public to appreciate the cultural, historical and natural resources of the lower Illinois River valley.' 

Attached is a pdf from Larry about the project that includes a tentative schedule, T-shirts orders, a map, and picture of the tree they will be using. Please contact Larry Kinsella for more information at

Look forward to future updates!

Chip A Canoe Project information.pdf

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