Bob Borel

Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana to Cajun parents who spoke French as their first language, Bob is a lover of history and refers to himself as a “self-taught historian-in-progress.” Inspired by frontiersmen like the coureurs de bois and his own heritage, Bob began to seek out ways to learn the old crafts and skills practiced by his ancestors. His passion for learning and understanding the pastimes of a bygone era have inspired him to pick up traditional craftsmanship as an adult and pass what he has learned onto others. At Vermilionville, where Bob has re-immersed himself in his heritage, he has given presentations on Acadian history, bousillage and trapping (especially concerning the coureurs de bois) and hide preparation. He is also knowledgeable about bushcraft, leatherwork, firecraft and fibercraft (including finger weaving, Inkle Loom and cordage making)