The Punt Chair is made with the same techniques used by boat builders on Fogo Island and Change Islands to make the small fishing boats known as “punts”. The ribs of punts are not steam bent, but are cut out of “timbers” – the naturally curved juncture of the root and base of either juniper (the local name for tamarack) or spruce trees. Timbers are harvested in the late fall. Historically, this was after the fishing season ended, and also when the bogs and land were dry, yet before the frost had set in and the ground was frozen making the digging of the roots very difficult. It takes a special skill to identify suitable trees for timbers when half of it is under ground and unseeable to the untrained eye. Once a potential tree is identified, the ground is removed around the base and main root. Understandably, boat builders are very particular about their timbers and often season – or air dry – rough cut timbers for over a year so see if cracks or twists develop. The ones that season evenly are used to build a punt over the winter so that it is ready for the resumption of fishing in the late spring once the sea ice had passed. The yearly harvesting of the timbers means that each Punt Chair is identified according to when the timbers were harvested, from where, and by whom.