|Photo by Darel Gabriel Bridges|
Bridges, along with being a renowned birch bark artist of international acclaim, was trained as a boat builder, which he did for several years before learning how to make birch bark canoes. He learned how to build a birch bark canoe from Steve Cayard, a renowned non-native canoe maker. Bridge’s grandfather was a canoe maker, but he died before he was able to pass along his knowledge to David. David inherited his grandfather’s tools, which are what he uses to build his own birchbark canoes and to teach new generations of Wabanaki this highly-specialized craft.