The Gift of the Turtle

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The Gift of the Turtle is a 12’ solo canoe designed and built by Allen Deming of Grand Ledge, Michigan. It is constructed using the strip-built monocoque style. This Pere Marquette model canoe was inspired by the lines of the Henry Rushton Rob Roy canoes of more than 100 years ago. The hull and decks are constructed of Northern White Cedar. The hull and decks are clad in fiberglass and epoxy resin making the resulting composite both strong and lightweight. The gunnels, seat, thwart and deck plates are North American Black Walnut. This boat’s name comes from the Native American Creation Story which inspired the inlaid decoration along the waterline and on the decks. There you will find a progression of turtle icons with shells of actual hand cut Michigan Petoskey Stones. On the decks you will find inlays of Cocobolo wood in a shell pattern. The beautiful wood grain is strongly reminiscent of tortoise shell.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 12 to 14 feet
  • Medium: Wood/fiberglass/Epoxy
  • Width: 30 to 48 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 36 inches