When it comes to summertime activities, few things beat a lazy ride around a lake or down a creek in a canoe. And while today you can fetch a decent newer model for anywhere from $500-$2000, nothing beats the beauty and craftsmanship of a traditional dugout canoe.

And if you’ve ever wanted to make your own, look no further than this 18-minute documentary on Latvian woodworker Rihards Vidzickis.

Created from a single tree trunk using traditional hand tools, Vidzickis’ canoe is the perfect example of how—especially in the age of advanced digital manufacturing techniques—older really can be better:

Rihards started as an apprentice before receiving his Master degree in Latvian Craft. In addition to understanding wood at a craftsman level, he also holds a Doctorate degree in engineering materials science. Currently, he is a member of the Northmen Guild of Northern Master Craftsmen. Find out more over at the Northmen Guild.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.