Shovel Nose Canoe

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Keeping Tradition & Heritage
Canoeing to the bolt camps, photo from the Darrington Historical Society

"The River Highways"
Shovel Nose Canoes were once a frequent site to see
 on the river systems
of the Darrington Area

Beginning carving of the Shovel Nose Canoe

The tribe commissioned carver Felix Solomon, (Lummi) to carve this 35' Shovel Nose Canoe as traditionally used on the tribe's many river systems.  It was carved from a 700 year old cedar log that once was a bridge support of a logging road up in Canada.

Steaming the Shovel Nose Canoe

The Sauk-Suiattle Shovel Nose Canoe being steamed.  This is a 12 to 16 hour process of hot rocks and metal pieces placed into shallow water in the canoe until the entire interior is steaming.  This widens the canoe as well as drops the center.

Finishing touches to the Shovel Nose Canoe

The Shovel canoe in progress.  The canoe has been steamed, widened and the center naturally dropped.  Carver Solomon is in the foreground.  The project is moving to the final stages of carving.

The Shovel Nose Canoe on display

The beautiful SSIT Shovel Nose Canoe on display is both art and the rich heritage of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe.