The process

The Gunwales

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The minikukanashku being laid out on the ground. The bow and stern must be bent upwards in order to create "rocker" in the canoe hull. "Rocker" is the round shape of the bottom of a canoe than determines how manoeuvrable the canoe will be. The more round it is, the more manoeuvrable is the canoe. Canoes will little rocker are not that manoeuvrable, but they "track well," that is, they can be paddled easily in a straight line.