Isaac recalls helping his Grandfather make maple syrup as a young boy. Each family would have their own area to tap. His Grandfather would make a gash in the tree using an axe. The sap would flow along a handmade wooden trough and into a birchbark basket. Isaac remembers the Elders building a temporary shelter made of saplings and covering the sides and top with balsam branches. The sap would be boiled inside all night long. As a young boy, Isaac recalls lying inside the hut and watching the stars at night. The Elders would often hunt and fish during the early morning. They would try to catch some sleep during the day so they could boil sap all night long. The sap was boiled in a large cast iron kettle.
Deborah’s Mom recalls helping her Uncle collect sap and hauling the syrup out of the bush on a large stone canoe pulled by a horse. Deborah’s Father also told stories of how he helped his Grandmother collect maple sap and boiled it in a large cast iron kettle. Deborah’s Dad recalls collecting and hauling sap by horse and wagon.