National Geographic : 2003 Aug
((:)(..J WF-.R BORN AGAIN F%.) )AY, : .. :.. .)ULI) 7t Vi_ ... r.' -JAX-) SCOLDS } Their mission accomplished, Possuelo and company build their own canoes to carry them home. Using axes and machetes, they fell two large trees, then strip the bark off each trunk (top left). Drilling an array of shallow holes on the bottom of a log (middle) guides work on the top side; the men hollow out the wood until they hit the holes, which ensures the canoe's hull has a uniform thickness. Later the holes are plugged, Roasting the hull over a fire (above) makes the wood malleable, enabling workers to pry the hull open wider then jam wooden slats inside. Two weeks later the canoe is river ready (left), and i. i _ -4 the team is primed to push on.