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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Willow Bill paddles the Snake River again

Before continuing his adventure, Willow Bill shared his art with students at Starbuck School District.

 

September 24, 2020

Beka Compton

Master canoe builder Jim Jameson teaches students in Starbuck about different types of oars. Jameson and Willow Bill are heading to the ocean in New Medizen, the dugout canoe the two friends built together.

STARBUCK-If you see a traditional dugout canoe paddling down the Snake River over the next couple days, wave and say hi! Willow Bill is completing his second trek to the ocean, but not before stopping to share his love of willow branch art with students at Starbuck School.

Since 1998, Nevada resident William Gouldart, best known as Willow Bill, has taught kids how to build reindeer out of willow branches. In 2016, December 2-9 was declared Willow Reindeer Project Week in the state of Nevada. Over the years, Willow has taught more than 30,000 children to build reindeer with nothing more than...



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