C’mon, now, admit it—who doesn’t wish for the bushcraft skills to carve a dugout canoe with just a few hand tools? Yeah, well, you might want to rewind to childhood and get adopted by a Latvian woodworker father.

Rihards Vidzickis’s passion for wood was sparked when young, and he’s devoted his life to the creation of practical and fine arts using green and dead wood. He began as an apprentice, worked his to master, and then eventually got a masters in craft design and engineering and a doctorate in engineering. The dude isn’t just whittling.

This wordless documentary 18 minutes, which sounds daunting, but it’s easy to jump around until you find sections that enchant—and there will be a lot, as a fallen tree is revealed to be hiding a watercraft within, with a magician to reveal it.

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