Traditional Wood Canoes
In June 2002, an 18th century Cherokee canoe was found in the cold clear water of the Chattooga River. Early Cherokee canoes called dugouts were burned and scraped out of single tree trunks. The excavated boat was in the traditional Cherokee style, but showed evidence of metal tool work introduced in the colonial era. Phil Greene, a master canoe builder living in Round-O, also applies modern tools and technologies to create what are essentially traditional canoes -- durable, seaworthy boats that demonstrate the art and technique of woodcraft. Phil is also the brother of Tim Greene, a wood bowl maker.