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A one week birch bark canoe building workshop on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, taught by Marvin Defoe, a Red Cliff Ojibwe, was the inspiration and motivation that has developed into a 32 year career in making birch bark canoes. In that 32 year span, I have produced 67 birch bark canoes ranging in size from seven-twenty-two feet. Most of these canoes are in corporate and private collections. In addition to the full size canoes, I also craft scale model canoes, birch bark baskets decorated with etched designs and porcupine quill embroidery, canoe Paddles and Native-style snowshoes. I continue patterning my work accurately using Native American tribal methods and designs. Delicate grace and meticulous workmanship, combined in a harmonious blend of function and art, makes these Native-style creations one of the finest of their kind.
2011 Old School House Gallery, Star Lake, Wis.
Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum (Grand Opening), Spooner, Wis.
2010 Cottage at Cardinal's, Arbor Vitae, Wis.
2009 Canoecopia, Madison, Wis.
2008 Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (Jag Lake Fall Gathering), Boulder Junction, Wis.
2004 Wooden Canoe Heritage Association National Assembly, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
1998 North Lakeland Discovery Center (Building a 22 foot Fur-trade Canoe), Manitowish Waters, Wis.
1990-2004 Co-owner of the Goode Gallery and Exhibiting Artist, Minocqua, Wis.
Beaver Bark Canoes, The Art and Works of Ferdy Goode, 2010
Ojibwe Birch Bark Canoes, Anishinabe Wiigwaasi Jiimaan, 2011
Birch Bark Basket Workshop, Old School House Gallery, Star Lake, Wis., (5 students), 2011
Private Consultant (Canoe Building)-Ian Andrus, Grand Marais, Minn., 2011
Private Instruction (Canoe Building)-Gene Ott, 2009
Birch Bark Basket Workshop, Nicolet College, Kemp Center, Lake Tomahawk, Wis., (6 students), 2006