|The first knot|
|Weaving in the bulk of the Tankwa from the central pole|
|Carrying more reeds to soak in the lake, note a large cargo tankwa in the background|
|The hull starting to take shape after an hour of weaving.|
Once enough papyrus is weaved upwards to make a suitable hull, the ends are lashed together, simply by looping the rope over and over to make a curved tip. To ease this process, the builder cuts papyrus from the ends, or cuts it down the middle, as well as bends it upwards.
|Fixing the ends|
|Cutting the ends and tightening with the nylon rope|
|Paddling a new canoe out into the lake|
Though water slowly seeps through the reeds, paddling the tankwa is easy and fun. Not a bad day, building a boat and the paddling it into the lake, all the while making lots of local friends. Cheers to Lake Tana!