Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Preparing the Poles

 The team gathered red cedar saplings which will be converted into poles to constuct the frame of the witchott. Before any of the saplings can be used the bark must be removed to prevent deterioration of the poles by insects.
 The team used knives, hatchets, machetes, and various other implements to strip away the bark.The crew continued to work rain or shine preparing the saplings to make up the framework of the witchott.

 Once enough saplings are collected and stripped, the ends of the poles are burned to further protect the foundation of the structure from deterioration. The next step for Coby and his team will be to experiment with different ways to bend the poles into arches for the outermost structure of the witchott.

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